AAA reminds drivers school’s open drive carefully

Area schools are open and children are walking, riding or biking their way back to the classroom as the new school year begins. AAA encourages drivers to stay alert in the morning and afternoon hours as students head to and from school. Drivers are reminded to pay close attention and exercise caution in school zones and neighborhoods.

AAA recommends the follow tips to keep kids safe while driving in school zones:

  • Follow the speed limit. School zone speed limits are purposefully set low. Children are unpredictable and may have difficulty gauging the distance and speed of an approaching car.
  • Always stop for loading or unloading school buses. It may be tempting to drive around stopped school busses, but it is dangerous and against the law.
  • Scan between parked cars. Kids may dart out between cars while getting picked up or playing after school. Remain alert for children and other objects coming out unexpectedly from between parked cars.
  • Educate your children. Teaching children about traffic safety will help them protect themselves. Teach them the rules of getting on and off a school bus, staying on sidewalks and never getting in a car with a stranger.