Tag Archives: School zone

Back To School Driving Tips

School is back in session! The summer is over, and we are heading straight into a new school year. Back to school means there are more drivers on the road than usual during your morning commute. Most will purposely take alternate routes during the school year to avoid the additional slow down time. However, if you are dropping off a kiddo, there isn’t any other choice. Here are our Back to School Driving tips from TXDOT.GOV to help make the commute a little easier and avoid fines.

Tips for Driving in School Zones

  • Put away your cell phone. Cell phone use is banned in active school zones, and violators face fines of up to $200 in school zones where signs are posted.

Take this tip very seriously. Don’t be the parent that completely forgot you entered a school zone and up getting a ticket for being on the phone. Check your city requirements- as some city ordinances have banned cell phone use while driving altogether.  

  • Always obey school zone speed limit signs. Remember, traffic fines usually double in school zones.

Even when you think there aren’t any police officers around, they’re there!  

  • Drop off and pick up your children in your school’s designated areas, not the middle of the street.

This is a hard one to follow, especially at the beginning of the school year. The pickup and drop-off line will get better. It always starts out rocky, but the process does get smoother. Avoid parking down the road and encouraging your schooler to meet you elsewhere. Your tax dollars pay for the cross guard and the necessary crosswalk to ensure your child’s safety, utilize it.

  • Keep an eye on children gathered at bus stops.

We all know how dreadful it is to be stuck behind a school bus as they make each stop, but remember it is unlawful to pass a school bus when they have their flashing lights on.

  • Be alert for children who might dart across the street or between vehicles on their way to school.

Be cautious of that Wilding!

Tips for Children Walking or Biking to School

  • Always cross at intersections and designated crosswalks. Look left, right and then left again before proceeding.
  • Look for traffic when stepping off a bus or from behind parked cars.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street.
  • Always obey crossing guards.
  • Always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.

Remember these safety tips as you approach a school zone. Don’t end up in a situation that could cost you hundreds of dollars in fines and possibly injure someone. School is just beginning, and we wish everyone a great and safe year!

Your Local Independent Agent,

Al Boenker Insurance

For more information visit thanksal.com

Follow us on our social media for additional tips @thanksal Instagram and Facebook 

5 Back to School Driving Tips


Say it ain’t so!!

Believe it or not, but we’re entering the last week of Summer Vacation 2016 and it’s time to accept the harsh reality that a new school year is about to begin. As we close the books on another successful and scorching hot summer break, it’s important to note that there will be changes to driving conditions and increased traffic during this time. We urge everyone to pay extra close attention to their surroundings and abide by the new rules of the road once the first week of school kicks off, so that we can ensure a safe environment for school goers and drivers. Here are 5 back to school driving tips to help get you back in the groove!

Be Aware of the Big Yellow Bus – Bus drivers have to carry out the very stressful task of transporting 50 or so noisy children across town to school every morning. It makes their job a lot easier if you do your part and let them have the right of way on the road. Make sure that you keep your distance from their vehicle and yield when they stop unexpectedly or merge lanes. Also, be sure your children know that they’re supposed to walk in front of a bus – never behind it.

Follow School Zones -Everybody wants to get through their morning commute as fast as possible so that they can get to the office on time. However, when it comes to the safety of kids walking to school, it’s time for us all to pump the brakes a little. Always be aware of school zones and abide by their speed limits every morning and afternoon. Never look at your phone or any other distractions during these moments either, because even though you’re at a reduced speed, something unexpected could always unfold.

Apply Carpool Rules– If you’re a parent who is part of a neighborhood carpool, there are various safety rules you need to follow and enforce upon your small passengers. Make sure that your kiddos are always wearing their seat belts and that they remain calm during the ride. Always let them out at the appropriate drop off area and let them know when and where you’re picking them up at the end of the day.

Always Cross at Crosswalks – Studies have shown that autumn is the most dangerous time of the year for accidents involving pedestrians. Since more kids will be out walking to school, be on the lookout for any jaywalkers or bike riders that are crossing the streets. Remind your children to use sidewalks and only cross at the designated crosswalks to reduce the risk of an accident occurring.

Driving Around Schools – Along with school zones, there may be other driving restrictions and regulations around school grounds that you may not be aware of. Make sure you avoid dangerous maneuvers, such as U-turns and three-point turns. Also, make sure you avoid double parking or near school bus bays

Before the school year begins, now is the perfect time to make sure you’re covered. Give us a call at 1-800-Thanks-Al to make sure that your auto, home, boat and RV insurance policy is up to date and you’ve got the best rate and coverage possible!