With students heading back to school, AAA Southern New England is urging drivers to take extra care to prevent car accidents involving children. As part of their Drive Carefully Campaign, AAA is offering 10 key tips for motorists:
1. Slow Down: Because of increased foot traffic in school zones and residential areas, drivers should maintain a low speed and be ready to stop quickly if needed.
2. Obey Traffic Signs: This is an important rule to obey in any driving situation, but a national observational survey found that many drivers violate stop signs in school zones and residential neighborhoods.
3. Stay Alert: Avoid texting, talking on a cell phone, or adjusting the radio, because these activities can take your focus off the road and potentially lead to auto accidents.
4. Scan Between Parked Cars: Almost 40% of child pedestrian deaths occur between the hours of 4 and 8 p.m., mostly at non-intersection locations. Pay attention to parked cars, especially when children might be present.
5. Look for Clues: Keep an eye out for clues that children are likely nearby. Signs could include AAA School Safety Patrol members, crossing guards, bicycles, and playgrounds.
6. Always Stop for School Buses: Twenty-three million students ride school buses, but the greatest risk is as they entering or exiting the bus. Watch for flashing yellow lights to indicate the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate the bus has stopped, and children are getting on and off.
Continue reading AAA’s safety tips : AAA: Drive With Care as School Year Begins, iBerkshires.com, September 1, 2009
Our Massachusetts motor vehicle accident lawyers urge you to follow these guidelines while driving. If you have sustained injuries in a car or bus accident, then contact us for a free initial consultation.