As the sun sets on summer, the familiar rhythm of the school year begins once again. Back-to-school season is a time of excitement, reconnecting, and new beginnings. It’s also a perfect time to brush up on our road safety knowledge with our families to ensure that our neighborhoods are safe for both pedestrians and drivers alike. So everyone can make their journey to school or work a safe one, here are some essential tips for pedestrians and drivers in neighborhood areas near schools.
Pedestrian Safety: Walk Smart, Walk Safe
Utilize Designated Crosswalks:
Always use marked crosswalks or intersections when crossing the street. Avoid jaywalking, as it can put you at risk and make it difficult for drivers to anticipate your movements.
Wear bright or reflective clothing, especially in low-light conditions. This simple step can significantly enhance your visibility to drivers, reducing the chances of accidents.
Look Left, Right, and Left Again
The age-old advice still holds true. Look both ways before crossing the street and be sure to make eye contact with drivers to ensure they see you.
Keep your phone, headphones, and other distractions away while crossing the road. Your full attention should be on the traffic and your surroundings.
Walk in Groups
Whenever possible, walk with friends. Not only does this increase your visibility, but there’s also a sense of safety in numbers.
Respect Crossing Guards
Follow the instructions of school crossing guards. Their presence is there to guide you and ensure safe crossings.
Driver safety: slow down, stay alert
Obey Speed Limits
Slow down in school zones and neighborhoods, and adhere to the posted speed limits. Your cautious driving can save lives.
Yield to Pedestrians
Always yield to pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections. Give them ample time to cross before proceeding.
Avoid using your phone or engaging in other distracting activities while driving. A moment’s inattention can lead to serious consequences.
Watch for School Buses
When a school bus stops with its red lights flashing, be prepared to stop. Children may be crossing the road to board or disembark from the bus.
Maintain Safe Following Distance
Leave enough space between your vehicle and the one in front of you. This allows for sudden stops or unexpected pedestrians crossings.
Be Mindful of School Zones
Pay attention to school zone signs and reduced speed limits. Slow down immediately when entering a school zone.
As the school year begins anew, let’s remember that the journey to and from school should be safe for everyone. Whether you are on foot or behind the wheel, adopting these safety tips can help prevent accidents and ensure a smoother flow of traffic in our neighborhoods. By showing consideration for one another, pedestrians and drivers can coexist harmoniously and make our streets safer for everyone, especially during this bustling time of year.
Let’s embrace the back-to-school season with enthusiasm and a commitment to safety. By looking out for each other, we can enjoy a successful and accident-free school year.