Safe Driving Tips for Back-to-School Traffic

School Bus on the Road

The commute to work is much less stressful during summer. Kids being off from school means less carlines to wait through, less buses to get stuck behind, and less determined soccer moms on the road. 

But sadly, summer is over, school is back in session, and traffic is about to get a lot more congested. More traffic means higher chances of getting into an accident. So it’s more important to stay diligent while on the road in order to stay safe. 

We love our staff, their families, and their children. That’s why back-to-school safety is one of our top priorities. These safe driving tips will keep you and others safe on the road this school year.

Time to Share the Road

Living near schools means you will more than likely need to share the road with bikers, walkers, and of course, those big yellow school buses. Remember that pedestrians always have the right-of-way and to slow down when approaching crosswalks. 

It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that’s loading or unloading children. So, when driving behind a school bus, stay a few more feet away than you would from another car. This way, you have more time to stop when its light starts flashing. 

School Zone Safety 

If you live in suburban areas of Jacksonville, it’s likely you travel through a school zone or two on your way to work. These areas are known for heavier traffic levels at school start and end times. A universal rule for these areas is to take it slow and be patient with other drivers, especially those dropping off their kids.

Each school zone has a prescribed speed limit to follow. Look for flashing lights and road signs for directions on how to drive in these areas.

Car lines may also create more congestion, which you should factor into your work commute. Add a little extra time to your drive to make sure you get to your destination safely and on time.

Remember these tips!

Stay Alert

Intentionally pay attention to the other drivers on the road and bystanders on the sidewalk. Minimize your distractions while driving, especially while in school zones.

Practice Patience

School zones will increase your commute time. If it’s making you late for work, don’t stress. Instead, try waking up earlier than usual, and remember that arriving safely is better than not arriving at all.

Use Turning Signals

Always use your turning signals while in school zones or encountering buses. They provide direction and comfort for other cars in school carlines or for buses delivering children safely to school.

Follow Traffic Signals

Pay active attention to school zone traffic signals. You’ll often see them surrounded by flashing yellow or red lights. They often indicate where and when children will be crossing the street.

Don’t Text and Drive

This car safety tip is crucial to minimizing distractions while you’re on the road. This includes but is not limited to texting and driving. Keep your eyes on the road to keep the children safe and sound. 

About Big Chief Tire

At Big Chief Tire, we make it our priority to give back to our community. To celebrate our 60th year servicing Jacksonville, we’ve organized a back-to-school drive for local schools in our community. Our kids and teachers need everything from colored pencils, to dry erase markers, and lunchboxes. Visit our website to learn more about how you can donate.

Do your part to help keep the community safe during the school year by driving safely. You can also bring your car in for servicing before school begins in order to avoid any car problems that will further delay your commute. Get rewarded for it with 5-percent off your total service charge when you bring in your vehicle. Schedule your appointment today!

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