School is back in session in most of the schools here in Santa Clara, CA, so here are a list of simple safety tips for parents and children alike. At Anderson Behel, we want all of our customers to be as safe as they possibly can, so we're always happy to share this type of information with you.
Driving to and from School:
•Be on the lookout for school zone signals and obey the speed limits.
•When entering a school zone, be certain to slow down and adhere to all traffic laws.
•Always stop for school buses that are loading or unloading children.
•Watch out for school crossing guards and obey their signals.
•Be aware of and watch out for children near schools, bus stops, sidewalks, in the streets, in school parking lots, etc.
•Never pass other vehicles while driving in a school zone.
•Never change lanes while driving in a school zone.
•Never make U-Turns while driving in a school zone.
•Never text while driving in a school zone.
•Avoid using a cell phone, unless it is completely hands-free, while driving in a school zone.
•Unless licensed to do so, never use handicap or emergency vehicle lanes or spaces to drop off or pick up children at school.
Walking to School:
•Leave early enough to arrive at school at least 10 minutes prior to the start of school.
•Use the same route every day and never use shortcuts.
•Go straight home after school. Do not go anywhere else without permission.
•Always use public sidewalks and streets when walking to school.
•Demonstrate traffic safety awareness and pick the safest route between your home and the school and practice walking it with your children.
•Try and walk to school with other students. There is strength in numbers.
•Teach your children to recognize and obey traffic signals, signs, and pavement markings.
•Only cross streets at designated crosswalks, street corners and traffic controlled intersections.
•Always look both ways before crossing the street and never enter streets from between obstacles like parked cars, shrubbery, signs, etc.
•Always walk and never run across intersections.
•Avoid talking to strangers. Teach your children to get distance between themselves and anyone who tries to approach or make contact with them.
•If a stranger does approach your child, make sure they know to immediately report the incident to you or a teacher.
•Teach your children to never get into a vehicle with anyone, even if they know them, without your permission.
School Bus Safety:
•Make a habit of arriving at the bus stop at least 5 minutes before the scheduled arrival of the bus.
•Make sure your child stays out of the street and avoids excessive horseplay while waiting for the school bus.
•Be sure the bus comes to a complete stop before getting on or off.
•When riding the bus, make sure your child understands they must remain seated and keep their head and arms inside the bus at all times.
•Do not shout or distract the driver.
•Do not walk in the driver’s “blind spot” — this is the area from the front of the bus to about 10 feet in front of the bus.
Sources: www.protection1.com and safercar.gov