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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Back to School Safety

As part of AAA's annual School's Open ― Drive Carefully campaign, AAA offers tips to help reduce the number of school related pedestrian and bicycle fatalities and injuries.

 Ditch distractions. Research shows that taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles your chances of crashing.

 Stay alert. Don't rush into and out of driveways. Expect pedestrians on the sidewalks and bicyclists just about everyplace, but especially around schools.

 Stop at all stop signs. Obvious, yes, but research shows that more than one third of drivers roll through stop signs in their own neighborhoods.

 Watch for bikes. Children on bicycles are often unpredictable; expect the unexpected.

 Brake for busses. It may be tempting to drive around a stopped school bus, but it's dangerous and it's against the law.

 Plan ahead. Leave early for your destination and build in extra time for congestion. Modify your route, if possible, to avoid school zones.

 Look for Safety Patrollers. Many are AAA patrollers at 31,000 schools across the country.

 Slow down. It's the most obvious way to see what's going on around you.

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