According to the National Safety Council, pedestrian fatalities are up by 16% year over year. And children are especially vulnerable around back to school driving, thanks to bus accidents, illegal vehicle passing, distracted driving, blindspots and more. There are a few precautions, though, you can take:
Back to school driving means being hyper aware of flashing lights and school zone indicators. Aside from safety reasons, this can mean also avoiding paying those school zone speeding ticket fines.
If you have a red light or are waiting to make a turn, don’t block a crosswalk.
It’s not just school zones that are affected by back to school driving. It’s time to be hyper aware around parks, playgrounds, libraries, etc.
It can be frustrating when pedestrians jump out, but just because you have the right of way doesn’t mean that’s always going to be respected. Especially with kids, they simply may not know. Always be on the lookout.
Don’t pass around a vehicle that is stopped – especially at or near a crosswalk. There is a strong chance they’re stopped for pedestrians.
Always be prepared for a quick stop. Ensure your tires are in good condition and with enough tread in case you need to slam on the brakes and stop in a hurry.