Summer is quickly coming to an end, and that means the amount of drivers on the roads will drastically increase. A decent number of those drivers will be under the age of 18.

Back to school means a lot of children become pedestrians. This means you need to make sure your teen driver knows that pedestrians always get the right of way. And even though there are at times crossing guards and that most children know to look both ways, we want to be sure our teen drivers know they need to be alert and focused when it comes to school zones.

Make sure your teen knows to drive extra carefully in a school zone, absolutely put away their cell phone, and they should also keep an extra eye out for pedestrians and bicyclists. Children don’t always wait for the crosswalk to say, “walk” before crossing the street.

Lastly, make sure your teen knows to allow extra following distance when driving behind a bus. Busses make frequent and unexpected stops, so you want to be sure to allow enough room for stopping.

For more driver safety information visit our “teen driving resources” page.

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