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As autumn comes across the United States, leaves are falling, schools are reopening and students are on the streets in greater numbers as both pedestrians and drivers. This can be both exciting and dangerous for new and old drivers alike. But there is also a greater opportunity for drivers in Arizona and beyond to review driving tips for going back to school. Here are some of the basic tips recommended by the Weingart Law Firm:
Do Not Text And Drive
Distracted drivers are dangerous drivers, so pay attention to what is on the road, not what is on your phone. If you must talk, have a hands-free device to assist you and always keep your eyes on the road.
Always Double And Triple Check Crosswalks
You may think you have seen all the children cross, but sometimes late students can appear out of nowhere and run across the street when you are least expecting it.
Be Alert And Aware
If you are distracted by your phone, your music or other things in your car, then your attention is taken from the road. Such instances can provide that split second for your reaction time to be delayed and this is why accidents happen.
Make Full Stops At Stop Signs And Red-Lights
This is an important tip because making these complete stops often gives you the time you need to be completely sure the coast is clear before you enter a particular area. This can be critical while children are darting out onto the road or not paying attention themselves.
Always Slow Down In School Zones During School Hours
Before, during and immediately after school hours, school zones require that drivers stay at 25mph or slower if children are present. This means that even if it’s a Friday night at 10 pm, you are still required to lower your speed if children are there.
Be Sure To Watch For School Buses
You may be tempted to pass or get impatient with school buses, but this is NEVER a good idea. School bus accidents and accidents with children getting off of buses are more common than you think. For this reason, there are specific laws that dictate how you should react to buses. Accordingly, when a school bus stops with its red brake lights flashing and/or its stop sign raised, drivers must stop in both directions until all the kids are safely across the street. You must also wait until the bus light stops flashing. These rules apply unless the bus is stopped on the other side of a multilane highway or a road that is divided.
Give Yourself Extra Time
School hours usually mean that there is a high volume of vehicle and pedestrian traffic. For this reason, drivers should start their day a bit earlier and themselves plenty of time to handle the increased congestion.
Watch for Kids Around School Buses
Also, don’t tailgate a bus as they often make sudden stops when least expected. Finally, when a school bus is trying to merge back into traffic, you must give them the right of way.
If you need an exceptional DUI attorney, then there is no need to look further than the Weingart Law Firm. Most people are aware that DUIs can present severe penalties, fines and possibly jail time. However, having the right DUI law firm working on your case could mean the difference between significant punishment and moving on with minimal problems. Do not wait. For questions about how we can help you, please contact us now for a free consultation. Call us today and get your life back on track with help from the Weingart Law Firm.