Know your state laws regarding passing (or not passing) school buses. When a school bus has its red lights flashing and stop signal arm extended, it is a violation of traffic laws to pass.
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Know your state laws regarding passing (or not passing) school buses. When a school bus has its red lights flashing and stop signal arm extended, it is a violation of traffic laws to pass.

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It’s the end of summer and one thing is certain – kids across the country are going back to school. Over the next few weeks more and more kids (55-million-plus according to AAA) will be picking up their backpacks and heading out the door to grow and learn.

Every one of those kids needs to GET to school and back home again. Whether by car, bus, bicycle or their own two feet, once summer ends there are thousands of kids on the road every morning and afternoon.

Not sure yet what this has to do with fleet? School time compounds traffic issues and adds a lot more for drivers to pay attention to versus the summer months. 

It’s a good time to put together a safety reminder for drivers. A few helpful tips can include:

  • Be alert for kids running into the streets.
  • Keep an eye out for bicycles and give plenty of space. Remember that a lot of kids are just learning and may ride erratically.
  • Provide additional travel time – both to and from work and for routes during the day.
  • Don’t forget school speed limits! When school is in session school zones have reduced speed limits, typically 20 mph.
  • Know your state laws regarding passing (or not passing) school buses. When a school bus has its red lights flashing and stop signal arm extended, it is a violation of traffic laws to pass. Some states only require drivers to stop if the signal arm is extended (check your specific state laws to be sure). Not only is it an expensive fine (Work Truck research found the average fine is around $400) but it’s critical to keeping kids safe.
  • Remind your drivers to stay distraction free! Though important year-round, it’s critically important to put down the phone and always keep your eyes on the road.

Do you have any additional tips to share with our readers to help keep our kids and fleet drivers safe? Share them in the comments or e-mail me and let’s chat!

Lauren Fletcher
Lauren.Fletcher@bobit.com

 

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Lauren Fletcher
Lauren Fletcher

Lauren Fletcher

Lauren Fletcher has been covering the fleet industry since 2006 and is currently the executive editor of Work Truck magazine.

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Lauren Fletcher has been covering the fleet industry since 2006 and is currently the executive editor of Work Truck magazine.

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