Back to School Safety Precautions from Paul Davis

August, the time to take last-minute vacations, get excited about football season, and prepare your kids to start school again. Whether you’re buying glue and scissors for a little one, prepping your teen for high school, or seeking your own education, follow these few safety tips to this month run as smoothly as possible.

Slow in School Zone

Slow in School Zone

School Zones are for Kids

  • Follow the speed limit while in a school zone.
  • Follow the direction of school crossing guards.
  • No matter which direction you are driving, brake for buses and be cautious of children.
  • Do not pass other vehicles, make U-turns, or change lanes while in a school zone.
  • Watch out for children, especially near schools and parks.
  • Do not text and drive.
  • If you must use a cell phone, only use hands-free devices.
  • Unless licensed, do not use handicap spaces or lanes.

Walking to School

  • Look both ways before you cross the street and only use designated crosswalks.
  • Obey traffic signals, signs, and pavement markings.
  • Teach traffic safety awareness and select the safest route between the school and your home.
  • Instruct your children to:
  1. walk to school with a sibling or friend.
  2. never get into a vehicle with anyone, even if they know them, without your permission.
  3. report the incident to you or a teacher immediately if another person asks them to get into a vehicle.

Teen Driving

  • Teen driving statistics are astounding!
  • “Before graduating from high school, 50% of all teens will be involved in a car accident.” – NSC.org
  • “Car accidents are the top cause of death for U.S. teens.” – NSC.org
  • Teach your teens the basics of being a good driver. Use the resources below:

http://www.nsc.org/learn/NSC-Initiatives/Pages/Teen-Driving-Resources-and-Tips-for-Parents.aspx
http://www.nsc.org/learn/NSC-Initiatives/Pages/teen-driving-the-problem.aspx

Being aware of these tips will lead to a safer back-to-school season.

-From your friends at Paul Davis
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