Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Tempo Runter (School Is In Session)

"CN Tower..." courtesy of dimitri_c

For many school kids Summer vacation has ended and they’ve returned to the class room, for others it will be staring soon. My oldest daughter started a few weeks ago and there are signs up in various villages in our area alerting drivers that School is in session and to slow down (tempo runter) and be on the look out for school kids.

Many of us adults have lots of things on our minds when we’re driving around so it can be easy to miss school kids that might dart across the street in front of you. Kids are often in their own worlds (well aren’t we all sometimes) and they don’t often pay attention around streets that they should. As drivers it is our responsibility to be on the look out for them.

When a school bus is driving in front of you, be ready to stop. Also be aware that kids might cross the street at any point to get on the school bus. It is also a good idea to be mindful around other types of buses. We don’t have normal school buses in the area that I live.

Slow down in school zones. When you see a what looks like a school, chances are pretty good that there are school kids around that might be crossing the street to get into the school or that some might be leaving the school. Learn what speed you need to drive in school zones and at what times, this can vary greatly.

Be mindful of play areas, all year round. While there is more likely to be activity in these areas all year round, there is a higher possibility that they’re active during the times of year that kids are in school. Where I live they’re signs posted on spiel stresses (streets with play areas). Drivers are supposed to drive less than 10 kph, which is almost only coasting.

So, now that school is in session (or soon will be) it is time to be mindful of kids crossing the roads in front of us. Be careful they might be thinking about seeing their friends in the classroom, recess, or anything else under the sun but that they need to keep their eyes open for cars, so be on the look out. Do you have any tips you use to remember that kids are around and to be careful? If you have any other comments, I’d love to hear them. If you liked this article, please consider subscribing to the blog via RSS or email, share it on or on Digg and pass it on to anyone that you think might appreciate it. Thank you. :)

On Deck…

I’ll be publishing posts about…

  • The next in my series of weight loss strategies
  • My next Spotlight on the web.
  • The next of my dating and relationship tips
  • More on productivity, web 2.0, social networking, family, parenting, health, and other things that you can use.

Other Post That You Might Also Like to Read…

Blogged with the Flock Browser
blog comments powered by Disqus