School is back in session and you are starting to get back into a routine. It's important to keep a few safety tips in mind as you drive through town and in neighborhoods.
Obey traffic laws. Recognize when a speed limit changes, or when you are in a school zone.
When in a school zone, watch for crossing guards, and children walking on side walks or crossing the road, especially not at the crosswalk. It's a safe bet that not all of the kids will stay on the side walk.
Remember to stop when you see a stopped school bus with flashing lights. The law states you need to stop if you are behind the bus, or if you are oncoming traffic. Also, be sure to watch behind the bus, because sometimes children cross the road behind instead of in front of the bus as they are supposed to.
Be alert when passing parks or playgrounds or even groups of children playing. You never know when a ball or toy will be thrown in the road, and a child will come running out after it, oblivious to any traffic in the road.
Always walk around your car before you back up, especially when pulling out of a driveway. It's better to take just a few minutes to make sure your path is clear, and be a few minutes late.
Finally, be wise when you drive, and avoid distracted driving, such as texting, talking on the phone, fixing your make-up/shaving, or eating. Keep your eyes on the road.
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