Using Caution in School Zones
School zones are filled with hazards. Whether you are driving a commercial truck or company vehicle, drivers must be extra vigilant in and around a school zone. Read the information below and ask yourself if there are actions you can take to improve your driving skills and reduce the risk of a school-zone incident.
RECOGNIZE THE HAZARDS
School buses and parents who drive their children to school may stop frequently and unexpectedly in and around designated drop-off zones.
Expect pedestrians at crosswalks and jaywalkers on the road. Distracted walkers using mobile devices create another hazard. Students riding bicycles, skateboards, etc. may appear suddenly.
Teen drivers who are new behind the wheel add another hazard to an already hectic traffic pattern. Inexperienced drivers may be unable to manage their vehicle and the hazards around them.
KNOW THE DEFENSE
OBEY ALL TRAFFIC SIGNS
Be mindful of school zone signage, particularly where school zones start and end, drop-off zones, and periods of reduced speeds.
YIELD TO PEDESTRIANS
Stop at crosswalks and obey crossing guard instructions. Watch for jaywalkers, skateboarders, and bicyclists entering traffic lanes.
Do not speed in a school zone. Consider slowing down by 5-10 MPH to ensure you have time to recognize hazards and react properly in time. Never tailgate in a school zone, especially behind a school bus. Be aware of your surroundings and mindful that inexperienced student drivers may be in the area.
Be attentive to your surroundings. Keep mobile devices out of sight and silenced while driving. Avoid other distracting activities while driving, like eating and drinking, listening to the radio, etc.
WATCH FOR STOPPING VEHICLES
Never pass a school bus with its red lights activated. Additionally, never speed up to pass a bus that is preparing to drop off or pick up. Watch for vehicles that stop suddenly to drop off passengers.
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