It’s August and that means that the time to get back to school is quickly approaching. Soon, you’ll be waking the kids up earlier and loading them into your N Charlotte Toyota to take them to their first day of the school year! While you may have missed having the kids in school every day, you may not have missed the chaos of school zones in the mornings and afternoons. It’s been a few months since you’ve had to brave a school zone, so Toyota of N Charlotte is sharing a refresher on school zone safe driving tips.
School safety driving tips
Safe driving for school zones begins before you even enter the school zone. Pay attention to any road signs or flashing lights indicating that you have to decrease the speed of your N Charlotte Toyota. Typically, the speed limit through a school zone is 25 mph or less. Slowing down is important to the safety of everyone in the vicinity.
You should also keep your eyes constantly peeled for pedestrians and bicyclists. In a school zone, the majority of these walkers and bike riders will be children. Children are harder to see and can be unpredictable when crossing the street or riding their bikes in the roadway. When you’re sharing the roadway with pedestrians and bicyclists, remember these safe driving tips:
- Yield to pedestrians in a school zone.
- Come to a complete stop at crosswalks and do not block the crosswalk.
- Allow bicyclists to pass by you or through the intersection before making a right or left turn.
- Leave at least 3 feet of space between your N Charlotte Toyota and a bicyclist.
- Stop for crossing guards holding stop signs and police officers directing traffic.
N Charlotte Toyota safe driving tips for school buses
Once school is back in session, you may find yourself behind a school bus on the road. Even if you’re not driving in a school zone and you’re behind a stopped bus, you are NOT allowed to pass it. It is illegal to pass a school bus while it is loading or unloading people. Only when the stop signs have been retracted and the bus begins to move is when you’re allowed to begin driving and pass the bus. This applies to driving in the other direction as well. If you’re driving on a two-lane or multi-lane road and a bus in the opposite direction stops, you have to stop as well. However, if you’re on a divided highway you’re allowed to keep driving.
If the hectic atmosphere of a school zone is overwhelming to you, our N Charlotte Toyota dealership safe driving tips suggests trying to avoid them at all! If you don’t have kids to drop off and you don’t have to get to the school yourself, consider finding a route to work that doesn’t go through a busy school zone in the mornings or the afternoons.
For more tips on how to stay safe when the school year begins, give Toyota of N Charlotte a call at (888) 883-3797!