Back to School Driving Tips for Parents and Students

Now that school’s back in session, it’s important for everyone to brush up on their school driving knowledge to ensure a safe and stress-free school year. We’ve put together these back to school driving tips for parents and students.

Back to School Driving - Packey Webb FordBoth parents and students need to be aware of the rules for driving behind buses and how to safely share the road with bicyclists. When driving behind a school bus, don’t try to pass when it stops; always heed their stop signs. Leave plenty of room behind the bus so that children can safely walk behind it, and remain stopped until the bus puts down its stop sign.

There will also be lots of children on bicycles. You have to be wary of bicycles because many people, especially children, either don’t know or just don’t follow traffic rules when riding a bike. They may not signal a turn or be riding on the correct side of the street, so you need to be watchful, keep your distance from them, and give them the right of way. If you need to pass a bike, give them a wide berth when you pass to avoid jostling them.

Parents, you need to be aware of drop-off rules and locations and follow them. Don’t drop your kids off across the street, and don’t double park. Try carpooling to reduce the number of cars in line and thus your wait time in the mornings if you’re in a hurry.

Students, leave at least ten minutes early in case you encounter traffic, and eat before you leave. You want to avoid driver distractions like texting and eating, and being afraid of being late can make you drive recklessly.

Drive safe, and have a great school year!