School is back in session and millions of Americans are on the roads this time of year for their daily school commute. This brings a noticeable flood of traffic to the roads over the next few months, making an increase in road and pedestrian traffic as students walk or ride their bikes to school. Dillon drivers need to take precautions when preparing for their trip, keeping everyone’s safety in mind.
If you know that you’ll be driving near a school during arrival or dismissal times, be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to reach your destination. When driving on truck-approved routes that traverse through or near residential areas, always keep in mind potential bus traffic. Buses will be out picking up and dropping off students during the weekdays, so be aware of those times with higher traffic.
Familiarize yourself with the signal lights that bus drivers use to alert motorists. Yellow flashing lights mean that the bus is preparing to stop, and red lights indicate that the bus has stopped. If you get stopped behind a school bus that has its stop sign extended, it is against the law to pass and extremely dangerous to do so since there may be children crossing the street ahead. Once the stop-arm is withdrawn and the bus begins moving, it’s safe to continue.
Always be mindful of your truck’s height and weight. Make sure there is a safe space cushion around at all sides of your vehicle to prevent accidents if you need to stop at any time. Abiding by the speed limit is always expected but it’s also important to be mindful of school zones and suddenly reduced speed limits. Knowing where school zones are in the areas that you are traveling in can be helpful to avoid any unexpected delays.
Of course, always refrain from texting, browsing the internet, scrolling through social media, and any other distractions that could potentially take your eyes off the road, even if you’re sitting and waiting behind a stopped school bus.
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Check out HoS rules and regulations to ensure your efficiency and safety out on the road to minimize delays and maximize your productivity when planning your routes around this time of year. Keep your eyes on the road and limit distractions for a safe and accident-free fall.
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