Back to School…Tips for Getting There Safely

Today, my children started 9th and 11th grade, respectively.  It’s kind of hard to believe. (I’m not that old.) As I was helping them prepare this morning, I was thinking of Billy Madison. “Back to school, back to school, to prove to Dad that I’m not a fool…” (Sing along if you know it.)  But, even more importantly, I was thinking of their safety.


It is that time of year again. The moans and groans of children can be heard as summer vacation comes to a close.  As a parent, it is a great time to have a safety talk with your children.  Remind them of the rules, and their behavior and avoiding strangers.  As a motorist, it is a time to slow down and pay attention in the mornings and afternoons.  Don’t drive distracted.  A new school year is a fresh beginning.  The best way to start off is with safety in mind.

Watch this video from American Family Insurance:

Top Back to School Safety Tips

Here are some simple reminders for drivers:

  • Slow down!  Be especially alert in residential neighborhoods and school zones.  Always follow posted school zone speed limits.
  • Pay attention!  Always stop when directed to do so by designated crossing guards.
  • Watch for children on and near the road in the morning and after school hours.
  • Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.  Put down your phone and don’t talk or text while driving.
  • It is illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped while loading or unloading students.  Stop far enough from the bus to allow children the necessary space to safely enter and exit the bus.
  • Never pass a school bus on the right.  This is, also, against the law.

Go over these reminders with your kids:

  • Always walk on the sidewalk.  In rural areas, where sidewalks are unavailable, walk on the edge of the road, facing traffic. (Younger children should walk with a parent.)
  • Cross the street at corners.  Use traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Never run out into the street or cross in between parked cars.
  • Wear a helmet when riding a bike to school.
  • Walk in front of the school bus where the driver can see them.
  • Good behavior on the bus is very important.  It reduces driver distractions.

What other tips can you think of to make sure the kids get to and from school safely?

More tips can be found at the National Safety Council website.   http://

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