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9 Driving Tips for the Back-to-School Season

August 27, 2008

With the first day of school approaching, drivers can expect
to encounter young children commuting to school for the first time in almost 3
months. Many drivers can be particularly unprepared for the increased road
traffic, crossing guards, bicyclists and pedestrians during the morning and
afternoon drive times.


1.  Avoid distractions. Limit the use of cell phones, eating and drinking which can be distracting while driving.

2.  Always stop for school buses that are loading or unloading students. Motorists travelling in both directions are required by law to stop 20 meters from the front and rear of the bus.

3.  Turn your headlights on. If your car does not have daytime running lights, drive with your headlights on to help children and other drivers see your car better.

4.  Pay attention to kids waiting for a bus. Children sometimes run into the street without looking out for oncoming traffic.

5.  If possible, avoid commuting through school zones. Take major streets or highways.

6.  Use booster seats for all children under 8 years old. It’s the law in Ontario for all kids under the age of 8, weighing 80 lbs or less and who stand less than 4 feet 9 inches.

7.  Watch for teenage drivers. Increased traffic means more inexperienced teen drivers commuting to school. Parents should also remind teenage drivers to take extra precautions.

8.  Plan your commute ahead of time to arrive at a comfortable pace. Leave early and give yourself enough time for travel and to avoid the congestion of school buses, pedestrians and taxis.

All motorists should plan their commute and exercise a heightened awareness in and around all school zones. Under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, failing to yield for a pedestrian and a speeding ticket carries a fine of $300 and 5 demerit points on your driver’s license, not to mention higher insurance rates.

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    Vehicle     Clean Record Two Tickets
    Lowest         Highest         Lowest         Highest    
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