Now that fall is approaching, parents, teachers and kids in California are preparing for the start of the school year. While this can be an exciting time, this means that more people are on the road and there are more car accidents. To reduce the chances, drivers and pedestrians should follow a set of basic guidelines.
According to the National Safety Council, the areas around schools pose danger to the children which results in a relatively high number of pedestrian accidents. Drivers should follow the school speed limit, which is often 10 mph slower than the regular speed. Other ways to increase safety include carpooling to cut down on the number of cars, unloading kids on the same side of the street as the school and parking in designated areas.
Other safety precautions include:
- Stopping behind the crosswalk at a stop light
- Being aware of cross guards and stopping when appropriate
- Practicing patience and caution around kid-friendly areas
- Stopping for a bus that is loading or unloading children
- Allowing kids on bikes the right of way
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine states another factor that plays a role in school-related accidents is a lack of sleep. This is especially true for teenage drivers who have early start times. Not only does drowsiness cause more car accidents, but it also affects the student’s ability to focus at school, causes declines in mood and increases risk taking. While changing a school’s start time to later is the ideal solution, making sure kids go to bed earlier so they get nine hours of sleep each night is the alternative.