Back to school is an exciting time what with new clothes, friends, and plenty of new experiences for the kids.
But it can also be a little hectic and extra attention to safety is very important for everyone.
Follow these safety tips to keep your kids safe as they go back to school.
Safety Tips For Drivers
Exercise caution around school buses. Don’t follow too closely and be prepared to stop. Some children are just learning the routine or can act unpredictably, so avoid distractions.
Avoid areas by schools at arrival and dismissal times. It isn’t always possible, but if you don’t have to be there, don’t. Increased vehicle, pedestrian and bike traffic in these areas boosts the chance for accidents.
If you can take a different route, or delay your trip by 15 or 20 minutes, you may be better off.
Avoid distractions when picking up your kids. This can be a chaotic situation where you are in very close proximity to other vehicles with an increased chance for children and bicycles to dart in front of your car. It is absolutely not the time to check your email or text.
Be on the lookout for inexperienced drivers. You’ll encounter more than usual near a high school.
If your child can take the bus, let them. Statistically, it is safer. It eliminates some vehicle and pedestrian traffic. At school, children are dropped off right by the door instead of having to cross a parking lot or go around other vehicles.
Talk about the bus safety rules with your child. Make sure they know how to get on and off the bus correctly, wait three giant steps back, cross 10 feet in front of the bus and to wait for the driver’s signal.
Safety Tips For Walkers And Cyclists
Have them walk or ride with a buddy - As the old saying goes, there’s safety in numbers.
Dress safely - Kids should be able to fix their own shoes if they come undone. They should not wear anything that makes it difficult to be aware of their surroundings, like a coat hood that blocks their view or headphones.
Make sure they can be seen - Bikes should have enough appropriately placed reflectors. You can also choose backpacks or jackets with reflective trim.
Dress kids appropriately - Make sure bike riders wear helmets.
Avoid distracted walking and biking - If your kid has a cell phone or iPod, make sure they know not to use it while biking in heavy traffic areas or while crossing the street.
We at BLUEHAVEN Homes wish everyone a safe, productive school year.
And if you’re in the market for a new place to call home, a BLUEHAVEN Home is the perfect place for families with school aged kids. With many floor plans and custom options to choose from, you’ll get a home that is as unique as your family.
*This post has been updated and republished for the sake of accuracy and freshness.