AAA Reminds All Motorists: Schools' Open, Drive Carefully
August 27, 2020
With neighboring school districts practicing different back-to-school options this year, AAA East Central advises motorists to take extra caution when driving through residential areas where students could be commuting.
AAA East Central also offers the following advice for motorists to keep children safe as they navigate their way through school zones:
• Plan ahead. Leave early for your destination and build in extra time for congestion. This will cut down on stress from running late.
• Ditch distractions. Research shows that taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles the chances of crashing.
• Stay alert. Don’t rush into and out of driveways. Expect pedestrians on the sidewalk, especially around schools and in neighborhoods.
• Brake for buses. It may be tempting to drive around a stopped school bus; not only is it dangerous – it’s against the law.
• Watch for bikes. Children on bicycles are often unpredictable, so expect the unexpected. Slow down and allow at least four feet of passing distance between your vehicle and bicyclists.
• Look for AAA School Safety Patrollers. With more than 600,000 AAA School Safety Patrollers at 31,000 schools across the country, they’re a sure sign that you’re approaching a school zone.