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Back to School Safety tips from Adopt A Highway

Every child deserves a safe route to school – Back to School Safety

As summer draws to an end and the classroom bell rings in the new school year, 55 million children across the United States will be heading back to school. Of that total, AAA estimates that 13% of students walk or bike to school. Always in late August/September, road travel increases and traffic patterns shift, making this a dangerous time of year for both drivers and pedestrians.  Here are some safety tips that parents can use to help get your kids safely to and from school:

  • Practice the route with your children
  • Teach them to always use the same route, no shortcuts
  • Cross streets only at crosswalks, preferably with crossing guards
  • Always use left-right-left rule when crossing the street
  • Put away the cell phone – distracted walking/biking can be as dangerous as distracted driving
  • Walk in a group
  • Don’t wear headphones
  • Bikers should obey traffic laws just like vehicles
  • If riding a bike or scooter, always wear a helmet
  • Younger children should be taught to walk bikes across the street
  • And, always Adopt-A-Highway’s favorite tip – Don’t Litter

Every child deserves a safe route to school – we can all help by taking a little extra care and paying closer attention this time of year.

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