The beginning of the school year is approaching, and AAA urges motorists to stay alert and be cautious while children are traveling to and from school.
The beginning of the school year is approaching, and AAA urges motorists to stay alert and be cautious while children are traveling to and from school. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, one-fifth of all children 14 years of age and younger who die in motor vehicle crashes are pedestrians. On overage, one pedestrian is killed in the United States every two hours.
Motorists are encouraged to stay alert in areas where children are present, paying special attention during the morning and afternoon hours while children are coming to and from school.
- Look out for children who may potentially dart out into the street, particularly while driving in school zones, around playgrounds where children may be playing, approaching school buses that are loading or unloading children, or in neighborhoods.
- Slow down in or near school and residential areas.
- Drive with your headlights on, even during the day, so children and other drivers can see you.
- Look for clues such as AAA School Safety Patrol™ members, crossing guards, bicycles, and playgrounds which can indicate children could be in the area.
- Scan between parked cars and other objects for signs that children could dart into the road.
- Practice extra caution in bad weather or times of limited visibility.
- Always stop for school buses that are loading or unloading students.
Remember, school’s open – drive carefully. You can make a difference just by staying alert and taking extra care while driving where children are present.
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