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AAA Hoosier Motor Club Shares Back-to-School Driving Safety Tips

Indianapolis, IN – July 18, 2017 – Back-to-school traffic–with carpools, buses, and students on bicycle and foot–can complicate driving situations for motorists and with children in some districts starting a new school year as early as next week, AAA wants to assure that everyone is thinking about safety.
On average, three children were killed and almost 500 were injured every day in traffic crashes in 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The organization also reported that 21 percent of children ages 14 and younger killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians.
“As you might expect, more school-age pedestrians were killed during school drop-off and pickup times than during any other time of day,” said Greg Seiter, public affairs manager for AAA Hoosier Motor Club. “We all need to be particularly attentive at those times.”
Car Safety

  • Be on high alert when entering a school zone, even on weekends and evenings. Slow down – whether you see children or not – and always obey speed limits, traffic signs and crossing guards.
  • Avoid multitasking and distracted driving; never text and drive.
  • Put children under the age of 13 in the backseat.
  • Make sure infant and child car seats are properly installed. Car seats reduce the risk of death by 28 percent in the event of a crash. Visit safeseats4kids.aaa.com for more safety facts, car seat guides, inspection information, car seat recalls and more.
  • Double check for children in blind spots and when driving in reverse. Teach your children never to play in, under or around vehicles.
  • Be on alert for children getting on and off school buses and crossing the street outside of marked crosswalks. Maintain a safe distance behind buses and expect frequent stops.
  • When carpooling, remind passengers that wearing seatbelts not only save lives, but is the law.
Bike Safety

  • Make sure your child has the skills to ride a bike safely, such as riding in a straight line and signaling to vehicles when turning.
  • Choose the safest bike route to school – one with less traffic and slower speeds. Use bike paths if they are available.
  • Make sure your cyclists understand traffic safety rules, such as riding in the same direction as traffic and stopping at all stop signs and signals.
  • Explain the importance of wearing a bike helmet to your child. According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, wearing a helmet can reduce the odds of head injury by half.
  • Remain focused and alert. Never use earbuds or electronics while riding.
Pedestrian Safety

  • Pedestrians age 10 and younger should generally be accompanied by an adult when walking to and from school. Teach children the importance of using crosswalks and how to look left-right-left before crossing.
  • Always walk on the sidewalk. If there is not a sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
  • Try to drop off children where they won’t have to cross the street to reach their destinations. Avoid the dangers of jaywalking and encourage kids to always cross in clear view of traffic, and never from between parked cars.
  • Just as you wouldn’t text and drive – don’t text and walk. Stay alert to your surroundings.
AAA
About AAA Hoosier Motor Club
AAA Hoosier Motor Club is a fully tax-paying, not-for-profit corporation with more than 300 employees that offers membership benefits, emergency roadside service, insurance and travel agency services both online and through 14 retail outlets across the state. The 435,000-member affiliate of the American Automobile Association (AAA) works for the enhancement of safety and the overall improvement of travel conditions within its 50-county Indiana territory. AAA is the largest motoring and leisure travel organization in North America with more than 56 million members. Additionally, AAA Insurance has been protecting the cars, homes and financial security of Hoosiers for more than 80 years.

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