Use Extra Caution when School is in Sessionby CustomHomes on Tuesday, August 9, 2016
As summer draws to a close, back-to-school season is in full effect. Remember to safely share the roads with school buses, pedestrians and bicyclists, and provide children with the necessary knowledge to stay safe at school. Whether children walk, ride their bicycle, or take the bus to school, it is extremely important that they – and the motorists around them – take proper safety precautions.
If you’re a driver or pedestrian you will always want to stop and be cautious on roadways. Always stop at stop signs and look left, right, and left again before leaving the intersection. Always slow down as you’re approaching stoplights or any intersections. This way you will come to a complete stop by the time you reach the intersection without any worry or fumbling. While this is against the law, many pedestrians will often J-walk or run through the intersections without looking at the signals. Slowing down slowly instead of stopping suddenly will help you avoid any possible injury or accident.
Always be aware of your surroundings. If you are a pedestrian or walking with your child to school you will always want to stay alert and be aware of your child’s actions. Always look around when crossing intersections and cross quickly. When walking down the street always stay on the sidewalk and do so thoughtfully. Be cautious of other pedestrians and cars that may be pulling out of driveways or alleys. If you are driving slow down by pedestrians and give them plenty of room as you pass them. This will make an accident less likely and will help the pedestrian have a worry-free stroll.
As you will want to keep your eyes peeled while you are walking or driving you will also want to listen carefully to the area around you. If you are driving you may hear people running or talking which may mean they could be approaching an oncoming intersection. You will also hear any emergency sirens to get out of the way as quickly and safely as possible. If you are a pedestrian always listen for cars, sirens, or music. This way you can gauge the car’s speed, location, and possible route. From there you can act accordingly to stay safe and get to your destination alive.