Back to school means sharing the road, and unfortunately more traffic in Dripping Springs. There’s no way around this. Big yellow school buses picking up and dropping off students, parents dropping off their kids, and students running to beat home room bell. While things are speeding up at this time of year, it’s important to slow down on the roads. Check out these back to school safe driving tips to ensure our safety on and off the road.
1. Pay attention to school zones. Speed significantly drops in marked school zones. Always obey the speed limit and keep your eyes scanning the road for kids crossing the street and buses or parents turning into the school. Speeding through school zones not only leaves you at risk for an expensive driving ticket, but it’s also very unsafe to speed when children are present.
2. Share the road with school buses. That big yellow bus carrying dozens of students should always have the right-of-way. They are large and hard to maneuver so allow the bus driver plenty of room to stop and make turns. Leave plenty of distance between you and the bus and never pass them when they are stopping. It is illegal to pass a school bus on either side of the road when they are stopped to pick up or drop off students. If your child rides the bus to and from school, remind them to always cross the street or walk in front of the school bus.
3. Be cautious of teen drivers. Back to school also means that many high school students are newly licensed drivers and will be driving themselves to school. Teen drivers are inexperienced and often feel the need for speed. If you see a teen driver being reckless, report them immediately. Also bear in mind with new drivers, that their inexperience is just part of having that new licensed freedom. Don’t honk, tailgate or yell because they are taking their time turning or maybe hit the brakes too hard. We’ve all been there before and we have to drive with caution, at any time during the year.
4. Leave your house earlier than normal to account for congestion on the roads. Remember that school zones and more people will slow you down in the mornings on your way to work. Never speed to make up for time. Take into account the traffic and plan to leave 10 to 15 minutes earlier than you did during the summer.