As summer closes for the community children, it’s time for those yellow school busses to start their yearly pilgrimage.
As the morning light stays asleep longer, the ease of seeing those little tots will diminish.
The following are tips to remember.
How to Drive Safely Around Children Drivers can avoid harming child pedestrians by learning and following a few simple traffic safety rules.
1. Look carefully for children on foot or on bicycles when backing out of a driveway or exiting a garage.
2. Slow down and be alert for children in neighborhoods with school zones.
3. Be on the lookout for children walking in streets that lack sidewalks.
4. Watch for children playing near or waiting at bus stops.
5. Drive carefully in neighborhoods where children might dart out from behind a parked car, either on foot or on a bike.
6. Observe the flashing signal lights that school buses use to warn drivers. Flashing yellow signals an imminent stop, while flashing red means the bus is loading or unloading children. Drivers must stop their cars until the red lights stop flashing and the bus starts moving again.
7. All states require the traffic in both directions to stop on undivided highways when students are getting on or off a school bus. While wording varies from state to state, generally the law requires the following: The school bus driver activates flashing yellow lights to indicate the school bus is preparing to stop to load or unload students. At this point, motorists should slow down and prepare to stop. The school bus driver activates flashing red lights and extends the stop arm to indicate the school bus has stopped and students are getting on or off. At this point, motorists should stop. State law varies in what is required on a divided highway and what constitutes a divided highway. However, in all cases on divided highways, traffic behind the bus must stop.
In Ohio; Vehicles inside and outside municipalities must stop while school bus loading or unloading or red flashing signals are on.
1. When a school bus driver is preparing to stop the bus, he or she activates four amber lights-two on the front and two on the rear of the bus. These lights continue to flash until the bus is fully stopped. Other vehicles are not required to stop during the preliminary stage of the eight light warning but should prepare to stop as soon as the bus comes to a full stop. When the bus comes to a complete stop, the amber lights stop flashing and four red lights automatically extended beneath the window on the left side of the bus.
2. If the bus is stopped on a street or road which has fewer than four lanes, all traffic approaching the bus from either direction must stop at least 10 feet from the front or rear of the bus and remain stopped until the bus begins to move or the bus driver signals motorist to proceed.
3. If the bus is stopped on a street or road, which has four or more lanes, only traffic proceeding in the same direction as the bus must stop.
Reduce your speed and continue driving with caution. Separate or divided roadways are roads that are divided by physical barriers such as metal median barriers (guiderails), concrete median barriers, and non-mountable curbs. Other examples of divided highways include separate roadways that have clearly indicated dividing sections such as strips of grass, a stream, trees and shrubs, rocks and boulders, or concrete mountable curbs.
How to Drive in School Zones; It's easy to forget what it's like to be a kid. But drivers, especially when they're in school zones, always need to remember how children think and act around traffic.
1. Slow down. Don't speed around schools or in neighborhoods.
2. Watch for school zones.
3. Expect the unexpected. A child's reaction to danger differs from that of an adult. Sometimes the approach of a car will prompt a child to run faster across the street instead of staying on the sidewalk as an adult may do.
4. Expect what's to be expected, too. When a ball or a dog goes into the street, look for a child to follow.
5. Scan from side to side to stay aware of children playing on the sidewalk or along the road. Because their eyesight and hearing are still developing, children may not always sense when a moving car presents danger. In fact, a surprising number of youngsters become injured running into the sides of cars.
6. Be alert in parking lots. The street is not the only place of danger. The combination of kids, buses and cars trigger a lot of incidents in school parking lots and driveways.
Don't let your guard down.