With summer ending and the start of school just around the corner, drivers need to do their part to keep kids safe as they walk and bike to school. Whether you are taking your kids to school or just driving through a school zone, you can do your part to keep kids safe.
August is designated as Back-to-School Safety Month, and we want to remind motorists to be extra careful at all times. Follow the tips below to make sure you keep your children safe while walking and biking to school:
Here are some simple reminders for drivers:
Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods and school zones
Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs
Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully
Watch for children on and near the road in the morning and after school hours
Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. Put down your phone and don’t talk or text while driving
Reminders for your kids:
Cross the street with an adult until they are at least 10 years old
Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks
Never run out into the streets or cross in between parked cars
Always walk in front of the bus where the driver can see them
Give back to your community by giving away small school supplies such as rulers or crayons with purchase over a specified dollar amount!
According to Molly Moseley, it’s no wonder that, come August, parents are counting the days until the start of school! As memes hit social media and funny parody videos about parents’ newfound freedom spread like wildfire, I’d like to take a moment to share why working parents love back-to-school time so much.
No more sharing: Many people telecommute at least part time, and with kids back in school this means you can have a quiet house all to yourself. No more fighting your teen over who needs the computer more. No more worrying you’ll be the next viral BBC parent getting interrupted by your kids at the least opportune time.
Bigger budget: Back-to-school shopping can pinch the pocketbook, but once kids are back in school, it often opens up money that was otherwise spent on summer child care or camps. When you suddenly have several hundred more dollars a week to play with, it’s almost like receiving a raise!
Tired, fulfilled kiddos: Thanks, teachers! You guys are truly the best. Not only do you fill our children’s heads with valuable knowledge so they grow up to be intelligent, respectful adults, but you keep them so busy they come home and don’t bounce off the walls like they’ve done all summer long.