Buckle up, buttercups! You can never be too careful driving around schools!
#32 Keep cool around schools
Do you know the speed limit around a school bus stopped to let children get on or off?
It's just 20km/hr
That's in BOTH directions past the bus
It might seem very slow, particularly on rural roads with much higher limits before the school, but bear in mind that at 20km/hr, it could still take you 8 metres of road to react and stop.
*** During the busy times before and after school especially, you might need to drive even slower, and not just around buses. Take care around crossings, and cars stopped for drop-off and pick-ups as well.
*** Children can be excited, distracted, or just plain unpredictable! It's your responsibility as a driver to reduce risk.
*** Go another way to avoid school zones in the mornings and around 3pm if you can.
*** There could be children walking to/from school or riding bikes, and more learner drivers around at that time as well.
*** If you're travelling an unfamiliar town or neighbourhood, schools or preschools might 'pop up' where you don't expect them. Stay aware and keep an eye out for signs that a school is nearby.
*** Some schools have a 40km/hr school zone, reinforced with signs.
*** Actively scan and be prepared to stop at any time.
As always, be considerate and kind when driving and parking, but especially around schools :-)
Buckle up, buttercups! And keep cool around schools :-)
PS - Please share my Buckle Up Buttercup tips! The more we talk about road safety and what we can do to keep ourselves and others safe – the safer our roads will be. Things that might be obvious to you might still be unknown to your friends or family.