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Back to school driving safety tips

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(WSLS)-- The end of summer can be a very exciting time of year with many students heading back to class over the next several weeks.  As summer vacation ends, traffic begins picking up as people head back to work and school.  We want to remind you, there are different driving patterns and rules of the road every driver should be aware of.  Here are some things to remember:

Respect the school buses. Yield when school bus drivers are attempting to merge. Leave a significant amount of space as you drive behind them and watch for unexpected stops. Never pass a school bus on the right. Traffic on both directions is required to stop on undivided roadways when students are entering or exiting a bus.  Also, make sure to remind children to walk in front of- never behind- school buses.

School Safety Zones. School safety zones in Virginia usually range between 15-25 mph. Watch for the flashing school speed limit signs and look out for pedestrians. The reduced speeds aren't just for school hours-- keep in mind after-school practices and other events as well.  When dropping your kids off, remember that the curbs are saved for buses and emergency vehicles-- so make it quick.  If you need a few extra minutes turn on your hazard lights or park somewhere else.

Rules for walkers. Drivers aren't the only ones who need to follow the rules of the road.  It's also important for people walking to follow the rules and keep from jaywalking, crossing at a red light or texting while walking.  Pay attention-- cross at corners or marked crosswalks and never dart out between parked cars.  Remind your kids to do the same.

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