As many parents prepare to send their children back to school, we all need to understand that things get a little crazy on the roads during the start of the school year: Buses are everywhere, kids on bikes are hurrying to get to school before the bell rings and harried parents are trying to drop their kids off before work.
It's never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when kids are present – especially before and after school. Take extra care to look out for children near school buses, in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas.
Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks.
Be alert; around school buses, if the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop. The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus.