August – summer is wrapping up, school is back in session, and it’s time to start navigating unruly condensed roads again.
Many of these accidents are preventable when following school zone laws, limiting distractions and paying attention to the road. Here are back-to-school driving tips for Austin motorists to keep in mind to secure your safety and the safety of others.
Prepare to Stop
Be alert at intersections and crosswalks. Always come to a complete stop.
Students often dart into crosswalks, streets, and in-between vehicles, especially when trying to catch a bus.
Using handheld devices while driving in Texas is illegal and can result in a $500 fine in Austin.
Research also shows that when drivers take their eyes off the road for only two seconds, it doubles their chances of crashing.
Be Aware of School Zones
Follow school zone rules and speed limits. Always keep your eyes moving to watch for pedestrians and kids on bikes.
Understand School Bus Signs
Red Flashing Lights with Stop Sign extended = Children are loading or unloading until the bus drives away.
Yellow flashing lights = prepare to stop. The bus is loading or unloading children.
Prepare to Encounter Student Drivers
Pay extra attention in residential areas and around schools.
For seasoned drivers, defensive driving may prevent an accident caused by a young driver.
College Students and Drunk Driving
With college students back in class, there’s a higher chance of encountering drivers who are driving while intoxicated.
Signs of drunk driving may be:
- Swearing, weaving, or zigzagging
- Driving excessively slow/fast
- Slow response to traffic signs and lights
- Failing to obey traffic laws
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
- Nearly striking cars or objects
- Erratic or sudden braking
Were you in a back-to-school accident in Austin that involves a child, student, or a drunk driver? Call us to speak to one of our experienced team members as soon as possible. We’re here 24/7. 512-600-1000.