September is here, and along with the cooler weather, and changing leaves, a new school year is upon us. Motorists will notice a significant change on the roads this week. It is important that every driver be cautious and aware of their surroundings at all times-especially in school zones.
Slow down- the simplest and most effective thing a driver can do is slow down. If you are driving through a school zone, be aware of the posted speed limit. Keep your foot over the brake, and survey the road with your eyes. At any moment, a child (or even an adult) could come darting out from behind a parked car.
Respect the school bus-Motorist must always be aware of school busses, and respect them on the road. If a bus has its signals flashing, please obey the laws, and come to a full stop until the lights are off. At any time, children could be walking around, or crossing in front of a school bus. Busses make frequent stops, so it is not advised to follow too closely, and busses must be given the right of way when merging back into traffic.
Crosswalks-When a pedestrian is at a cross walk, they have the right of way. Motorist must yield to children/adults in crosswalks. It is important to be aware of crosswalks in your neighbourhood, and ensure the path is clear before proceeding through.
Watch for cyclists- you may notice more bicycles on the streets now, as students use the most convenient mode of transportation. Motorists are to share the road with cyclists, giving them plenty of space. In turn, cyclists are also required to respect the other vehicles on the road, and be aware of their surroundings .
Written by Sandra Barbaro of Albion Hills Auto Collision