Whether you are a teen, parent, or college student, back to school driving is always hectic. That’s why it’s important to keep in mind some of the following tips for safety, helping you to stay aware of pedestrians, buses, and other cars on the road.
Slow down. Though you may have gotten used to zooming down the road during the summer, now that school is in session, you’ll need to slow down your speed. The speed limit in school zones is typically set at between 15 and 25 mph, with significant traffic fines if you choose to speed. Have patience, never roll through stop signs, check for kids at crosswalks, and always stay alert.
Eliminate distractions. Teens and college students are particularly notorious for texting and driving, though parents often do it too. It’s important to put down the phone when you’re behind the wheel. Texting is illegal for all drivers in Louisiana; however, calling or accessing social media while in a school zone is also against the law.
Finally, watch for bicycles. Many students rely on bikes to get to school, adding another obstacle for drivers. Always look twice when making a turn to be sure you didn’t miss a bicyclist, and never drive or park in a bike lane. Bike riders over 10 years of age are legally required to use the road, so be sure to have patience. Always give at least three feet of space when passing a bike.
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