When dropping the kids off at School everyday, it’s easy to pick up some not-so-safe habits while avoiding the long car line. You may be conscientious about driving in a school zone, but it’s important for parents to remember their cars can become safety hazards in other ways as well. Some examples of these habits include:
- Double parking while getting children out of the backseat
- Crossing a child in the middle of the street, rather than in the crosswalk
- Allowing a child to exit a car on the side of traffic instead of the curb
Although these may seem like small ideas, any extra safety precautions can go a long way in high traffic areas like school zones. AAA recommends the following tips to minimize traffic and safety hazards:
- Carpool with neighbors so that there are fewer vehicles at the school or bus stop.
- Park your car and accompany your child as he or she crosses the street at the crosswalk.
- Talk to your children about the importance of following instructions given by the crossing guard.
- Never double park and always reduce speed in a school zone.
- If your school doesn’t have a traffic pattern for drop-off and pick-up, contact school officials and suggest that they create one.
For more school zone safety tips, check out some of the school program resources offered by AAA. Have a safe and happy school year!
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