Back-to-School Safety Tips for Fall 2021

The month of September means back-to-school time for both parents and students of all ages. This is a critical time to think about road safety as traffic increases with school buses and teenagers just learning to drive. Whether you’re an experienced driver or a new one, here are a few tips to think about when it comes to keeping your family members safe on the road:

Avoid distractions on the road. Especially for young drivers who may have permits or have just become licensed, this is often a big factor that leads to automobile collisions. Teenage drivers should limit the number of friends in vehicles while driving, which can especially lead to distractions. For all drivers, avoid texting or making calls while driving, unless hands-free.

Be vigilant of school buses. As a driver, you must stop behind a bus that has its “stop” sign shown, which is an indication that children may be walking near and loading onto the bus. As a student getting on the bus, always wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching to get on. Parents of younger students should wait at the bus stop with their children to make sure they get on safely.

Watch for walkers and bicyclists. Especially as a driver in school zones, it is important to be on the lookout and drive carefully around students walking or bicycling. Walkers and bicyclists should practice extra caution in school zones, using sidewalks and crosswalks when appropriate and wearing a helmet if cycling.

Obey school zone rules. When driving in a school zone, always follow the speed limit listed, watch for signals that may be given by a crosswalk guide, and follow the school’s drop-off policies if in place.

Always drive insured. For older students such as high school and college students, parents should make sure they are insured either under the parent’s insurance or that they have their own insurance.

Know what to do if involved in an automobile collision. If you become injured in a collision, whether as a parent or student drive, it is imperative to know the rules of what to do. Check out our blog on Top Tips If You Are in a Collision and share this information with your teenage and college drivers.

For more information on back-to-school safety, be sure to check out the National Safety Council

GLP Attorneys is here for you and your family. If you or your student driver is ever involved in an automobile collision, give us a call immediately and we’ll get you the help you need.

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