Though it may be hard to believe, summer is almost over, which means it’s time for another school year to begin. Even if you don’t have a child in school, you’ll be sharing the road with parents and bus drivers who are responsible for getting children to and from school safely. Here are some essential back-to-school driving tips to ensure that happens, courtesy of Nissan of Clinton.
- Be alert. We tend to be our sleepiest first thing in the morning, when millions of American students are commuting to school. Make sure you’ve given yourself enough time (or coffee) to wake up before getting behind the wheel.
- Slow down. Drive the speed limit always, but especially during school commute times and especially in residential areas and in school zones, where children will be more likely to be walking along the streets.
- Watch out for bicycles. Many children ride their bikes to school. Keep alert for bicycles, which can be more difficult to see without keen eyes.
- Reverse with care. Always check your rearview mirror and backup camera before reversing, but still take the care to physically look behind you. When backing up, especially into a residential street, do so slowly.
- Follow all school bus laws. Abide by all school bus laws, stopping when indicated. Never pass a stopped school bus and exercise extreme caution when driving near them.