Numerous tragedies have occurred this year involving drivers and school buses, including right here in Indiana. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently shared tips for drivers to remember when approaching a school crossing or a school bus.
As a driver, you should always be alert and aware of your surroundings. But, if you’re driving through a school zone, it’s important to exercise extra caution and slow down. School zone speed limits are in place for a reason: there are a lot of pedestrians around, some of whom are quite small. Be on the lookout for kids walking, playing, or gathering near bus stops.
Follow the school bus laws in your area, and be watching for the flashing light systems used on school buses. Flashing yellow lights signal that the bus is preparing to stop for children to embark or disembark. Slow down and be prepared to stop when you see a flashing yellow light. A flashing red light and extended stop arm indicates that the bus is stopped and children are embarking or disembarking. Stop your vehicle and wait until the lights stop flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before you begin driving again. Note that school buses are required to stop at railroad tracks, so it’s important to be aware of this as well.
School buses travel most frequently during the time just before and after school is in session, but there are also buses that drive students to field trips or sporting events. As a driver, the best way to keep everyone on the road safe is to eliminate distractions and pay attention to your surroundings.
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