With traditional school starting just days away, that means more and more school buses will be on the road. In fact, buses are on the roads pretty much all throughout the year here in the Triangle with so many year-round schools in the area. With that being said, now is a perfect time for a refresher on the laws relating to school buses and safety tips.
It is always important and vital to stay focused on the road when behind the wheel of a vehicle. Driving should never be taken lightly. These days there are so many distractions, like cell phones, that have the potential to take our eyes away from the road. It only takes a second for something to happen when you look away. When driving through neighborhoods and in school zones, there are kids around and school buses. Drivers should be aware of their surroundings as a bus could be stopping, kids could be crossing the street, students could be walking to school in the morning or walking home in the afternoon and so forth. The point is that every driver should be focused on the road completely to keep themselves and others around as safe as possible.
Always be aware of the speed limit. Don’t forget that once you enter a school zone, the speed limit drops and drivers should be mindful of that. There is a reason for a slower speed limit in school zones. There is more congestion on the road in those areas with school buses going in and out, cars in the carpool line and walkers. The safety of everyone is a priority and should be taken seriously by everyone on the road.
There are school bus stop laws in place to keep children safe as they get on and off the bus. Not every school has the same hours, so some start earlier than others. Which means school buses are on the road even earlier in order to get students to school and in their classrooms on time. During some times of the year, students are waiting at the stop sign before the sun has even coming up and it’s still dark outside. Pay attention when driving and be aware of your surroundings. For more information and safety tips, click here.