With more children on the roads in the next few months as they go back to school, there is an increased risk for motor vehicle accidents. Fall is also right around the corner, so soon, the Colorado weather is going to change, especially in the mountains. Here are a few driving safety tips to help keep your family safe this back-to-school season.
Be extra cautious
Firstly, it’s important to note that the speed limit in school zones is typically lower for a reason. Slow down and be extra cautious when driving near schools and buses. That also means being aware of school buses stopping to pick up or drop off children. Make sure to yield to pedestrians and watch for children who may dart out into the street.
Follow posted speed limits
It’s important to follow posted speed limits, especially in residential areas where kids are more likely to be walking or biking to school. Obeying the speed limit not only keeps everyone safe, but it can also help you avoid getting pulled over and receiving a ticket.
Put away distractions
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents. When you’re behind the wheel, it’s important to put away all distractions and focus on the road. This means no texting, no talking on the phone, and no fiddling with the GPS. If you need to use your phone, pull over in a safe location first.
It’s always better to arrive early than to be rushing to get to your destination. This is especially true when you’re driving in unfamiliar areas or during peak traffic times. Leaving early gives you plenty of time to account for unexpected delays and ensures that you can get where you need to go safely and on time.
In the end, the best way to avoid a motor vehicle accident is to be a cautious and attentive driver. By following these tips, you can help keep many students and your own family safe on the roads this back-to-school season.