The school year has begun in many areas of our great state of Ohio, and during this time it is incredibly important that motorists keep an extra eye out for young children before, during and after school hours. Driving patterns and the time it takes to get to work or to an important appointment can most certainly change due to school being back in session, and safety should be of the utmost concern for all of us.
Here are some safety precisions for you to consider when on the road:
- Leave a little earlier if you normally run into school traffic. This will increase your chances of driving safely if you avoid rushing to get somewhere on time.
- No matter how tempting it may be, never pass a school bus that has its lights flashing, even if the doors are closed and you don‘t see any children. You never know, there could be a child tying their shoe out of your sight.
- Yield to all pedestrians in crosswalks and be extra alert before proceeding. Remember, pedestrians do have the right of way in most every situation, and that is the law.
- Do not block crosswalks when stopped at lights or stop signs. Doing so will cause children to have to walk around your vehicle, putting them at a higher risk of injury.
- If you see a crossing guard at an intersection, make sure you are aware of what they are doing before you proceed.
- Be extra cautious in school zones and areas where a lot of children travel to and from school. Kids are small and not as easy to see and your visibility from your automobile is not always the greatest.
- Watch out for kids on bicycles! Those little whippersnapper’s can come from out of nowhere and fast when on a bike, and young children do not have the same control of their bike as adults do, so keep your peepers peeled for them.
As Whitney Houston once said, the children are our future, so remember to be extra alert when driving around in your car. Kids are excited and aren’t always mindful of their surroundings, so we as adults need to take the time to keep them safe by driving carefully.