Safety Tips for Drivers as Children and Teens Return to School

back to schoolChildren and teens across the state of Florida are returning back to school this week. But be alert, kids returning to class will mean an increase in pedestrians heading to bus stops and school zones during the morning rush hour. Drivers need to be cautious about sharing the roads with other motorists, bicyclists, and also an increasing number of young and excited pedestrians. We’ve put together a few back to school safety reminders for all drivers:

  • Not everyone has gone back to school yet. Avoid distraction, and watch carefully for children out playing and making the most of the last few days of summer while you are driving through neighborhoods.
  • Young children in particular can be less predictable and are also the most difficult to see pedestrians, due to their smaller size. Be extra cautious when driving in school zones and residential areas, and keep an eye out for young children walking on sidewalks, crossing the street, or entering and exiting school buses.
  • Obey laws regarding school buses. Remember, it doesn’t matter if you’re in a hurry, Florida Motor Vehicles Laws require that motorists stop upon approaching any school bus which displays its flashing red lights and has its stop signs extended.
  • On a two way street or highway, all drivers moving in either direction must come to a complete stop for a stopped school bus which is picking up or dropping off children. You must remain stopped until all children are clear of the roadway and the bus’s stop arm is withdrawn (Official Florida Driver’s Handbook 2014). Learn more about Florida traffic laws by completing your mandatory Drug & Alcohol course online from GDL Institute.

A reminder for any Florida teens who haven’t yet completed their Drug and Alcohol course: If you’re already back to class but you wish to complete your learner’s permit requirements, GDL Institute makes it easy to do, even with your busy schedule. The online course is available 24/7, can be stopped and started to suit your schedule, and is fun and interactive to keep your interest and prepare you for your exam. Visit our website to sign up and get started today!

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