Ohio Back to School Child Safety Tips
As Ohio heads back to school Ohio drivers should be mindful of Back To School Safety Tips to avoid Ohio pedestrian and auto accidents.
Ohio roadways are getting busier as summer comes to a close and families across the state are preparing to get their children ready to go back to school. Drivers across the state need to be ready for increased vehicular and pedestrian traffic. In fact, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the back to school season is one of the most dangerous times of the year.
Ohio Back to School Driving Tips
Ohio drivers must abide by all speed zones however, paying extra attention to school speed zones is extra important. When driving through a school zone, look out for adult and child pedestrians, and keep your foot on the brake, ready to stop at a moment’s notice. Remember, though pedestrian traffic will be high, so will the amount of teen drivers pulling in and out of the school zone.
Keep in mind that school zone speed restrictions do not end after school lets out, as there are many after school sports and activities. If you are taking your kids to school, remember that curbs are generally reserved for emergency vehicles and school bus, so moving with the flow of traffic is important. If for some reason you will disrupt the flow of traffic, turn your hazard lights on so other driver’s understand that you need more time.
As an Ohio driver, consider giving school buses extra room on road, and be prepared for unexpected stops. Also, be aware that children are to walk in front of the bus when loading and unloading. Never pass a stopped bus, and pay attention to children as they walk to and away from the bus, as odds are, they aren’t paying much attention to you.
Remember, Ohio drivers are required to wear seat belts and to ensure that each of their passengers are secured with the appropriate seat belts and child safety restraints. School days can get quite hectic, however taking a few extra moments to buckle up, and to mentally prepare for your drive will go a long way towards keeping Ohio’s children safe as they head back to school.
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