4 Important Safety Tips for Parents.
September marks the end of summer and the return to school for all students. It is also a time to think about road safety again. Before classes resume for the school year, it is a good idea to go over the rules of the road for all members of your family to get everyone thinking about it. Remember, during school hours and for the duration of the school year, speed zones and traffic patterns change. Here are some tips to help you keep your family safe on the road this school year.
1 – Walking To School
If you have very young children, it is a good idea to take them along the route they will be walking to school. If your child is under ten then he or she should have an adult with them as they walk to class. Teach them to use crosswalks and to stop at curbs and to look both ways before crossing the street.
2 – Biking To School
For older children who will be riding a bike to school, you will need to be sure they understand basic traffic safety rules. Your child will also require a properly rated and correct fitting bicycle helmet in order to be safe when riding. Additional riding gear you may want to consider includes biking gloves, elbow and knee pads.
3 – Bussing To School
If you happen to live on a school bus route consider yourself fortunate. Bussing is one of the safest ways students can be transported to and from school. Your child should be aware of general bus rules such as staying seated when it is in motion and to be careful at any location within ten feet of the front, sides and rear of the bus.
4 – Riding To School
If you drive your child to school keep in mind that if he or she is younger than 12 years of age, it is safer for them to ride in the backseat. Seatbelts should always be worn and you need to be focused at all times when behind the wheel. That means no cellphone or cup of coffee in one hand to create a distraction that could become disastrous.
Make WeatherBug Part of Your Back-To-School Schedule
Be sure to reference WeatherBug on school days to learn the upcoming forecast. You can even check the precise forecast for your child’s school location to give them an idea on how to dress for the day. A wet forecast may also mean you will be driving and they won’t be walking or biking. WeatherBug can enhance your family’s back-to-school safety program!