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Tips on driving safely in school zones

With school back in session in San Jose, many drivers are finding themselves driving in areas teeming with kids on their way to and from school. School-aged children have a habit of crossing the road carelessly and otherwise disobeying traffic regulations, which can lead to devastating injuries if motorists are caught unaware. That’s why it’s up to each individual driver to play his or her part to preserve the safety of children in school zones.

According to AARP, drivers must be on their toes at all times. For example, many kids will cross the street between parked vehicles instead of doing so at the designated cross walks. When driving through areas heavily populated with children, it’s best to be on the alert at all times. Look between cars and drive slowly so that you can react in time should a pedestrian dart in front of your vehicle.

Also, be sure to check your blind spots constantly. These are the areas around your vehicle that can’t be seen using your mirrors alone. In this case, it’s best that you visually scan the area around your car to be certain that there are no pedestrians in your path.

The National Safety Council also urges caution when sharing the road with school buses. Remember it’s illegal, as well as dangerous, to pass school bus with its stop sign is extended. That’s why its best to leave ample room between your vehicle and any school buses on the road with you. This will also give you a good vantage point to see any kids exiting or entering the school bus.

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