Increasing safety around School Zones
Do you feel nervous when you see children crossing the road?
The massive amount of traffic during pick up times and drop off, combined with possible road hazards can really add up to the stress that drivers may feel.
School of Transport has listed some ways to avoid hitting a child while driving:
Avoid Any Distractions
– Always keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes scanning the road.
-Avoid any distractions such as loud music, or using your mobile phones.
Be Aware of Cyclists
Truck drivers should be aware of different road hazards. This means:
-Look for cyclists at all times. You will see them coming from different driveways as well as riding along the road so you have to stay alert.
-On a road with a 60 kph speed limit, you must leave a 1 meter space.
-On a road with a speed limit above 60 kph, you must leave a 1.5-meter space between your truck vehicle and the cyclist.
-Keep scanning your side mirrors to see cyclists around you.
Reduce Driving Speed
-According to the NSW Department of Education, speed limits near or within school zone area should be reduced to 40km/h, between 8am to 9:30am and 2:30pm to 4pm.
-It will also give you enough time to stop when a kid is crossing the highway.
-Truck drivers should follow traffic rules and speed limit to avoid vehicle collision.
Follow Traffic Laws
-Sometimes, truck drivers are in a rush to deliver their goods on time. This is not an excuse to disobey school zone traffic signs.
Expect Heavy Traffic
-When passing school zone, you must expect large traffic volume as parents are sending their children to school as early as seven in the morning.
-Traffic congestion usually occurs at around 4pm.
-To avoid a delay in your delivery, allow for increase travel time.
Following road signs will help you reduce the chance of getting into an accident.
School of Transport wants to remind everyone to stay vigilant and keep these helpful tips in mind.
Take it easy, drivers!