Summer has been a nice break from school, but all good things must come to an end. Unfortunately, that also means easy morning commutes. If you are dropping off a little one at school or have to travel through a school zone on your way to work, you know how stressful school zone traffic can be. Thankfully, there are some safe driving tips that help make this a little easier. The team at our Orlando Toyota dealership has compiled an easy guide for safe driving though school zones. Check it out below:
Stay safe when driving your Orlando Toyota in school zones!
Watch for pedestrians: This includes walkers, bikers, and kids loading in and out of cars. Often times kids can be unpredictable so being extra vigilant while driving your new Toyota can help prevent an accident.
Look for crossing guards: There will be crossing guards at many of the crosswalks and intersections around a school. Sometimes they take allow pedestrians to cross longer than the stoplight, so you should pay more attention to them than the traffic light.
Prepare for frequent stops: Because of the amount of kids trying to get to school there will be an abundance of cars loading and unloading children. This means cars will be stopping unpredictably, so the team at our Orlando Toyota dealership suggests that you try your best to anticipate other driver’s moves with defensive driving techniques.
Put away distractions: Set the phone down and keep your eyes peeled. Nothing is more important that safely driving your new Toyota through a school zone.
Take a different route: If you don’t have to take your own kid to school, you might want to consider mapping out an alternative route to work. Driving your new Orlando Toyota in a school zone can become stressful so if you can avoid it, try to.
Brush up on school bus road laws with Toyota of Orlando
Following the laws of the road is very important. Some laws that are unclear to many drivers are school bus right-of-way laws. The team at our Orlando Toyota dealership will take a closer look to clear up any confusion about when you should stop your new Toyota while a school bus has their stop signs drawn.
When to stop:
Bring your new Toyota to a complete stop whenever the school bus is stopped unloading children and you’re traveling in the same direction. It doesn’t matter how many lanes apart you may be, coming to a full stop is the law.
Stop when going in either direction if there are two lanes.
If it is a multi-lane road with no median or unpaved divider both sides must come to a complete stop.
When not to stop:
If, and only if, you are headed in the opposite direction and there is a median or an unpaved divider that is larger than five feet, you can continue driving your Orlando Toyota.
If you have any questions about these school zone safe driving tips, or would like to learn more tips like these, contact Toyota of Orlando at (888)725-3520 or Toyota of Clermont at (888) 590-6090.