It’s almost time for the kids to head back to school. While they’re finishing up summer reading and sharpening their pencils, you can read up on these back-to-school car safety tips from Knight Automotive. If you follow this advice, you’ll be doing your part to ensure that everyone, cars and pedestrians alike, will be safe during the school year.

Respecting Pedestrians

Pedestrians always have the right-of-way when there’s a crosswalk, so make a point of stopping for crosswalks everywhere. Always stop for crossing guards, too, and drive slowly in school zones to watch for unpredictable behavior from young children walking home.

Respecting Bicyclists

Many kids like to ride their bikes to school, and the older ones are likely to ride in the street, which is the correct thing to do. When passing a bicyclist, do it slowly and only if it’s possible to leave at least three feet of space between your vehicle and the rider. Always give bicyclists the right-of-way at intersections, and make a habit of using your turn signal so they can predict your movements.

Driving with School Buses

School buses are supposed to be a safe zone for kids, so do your part to create this environment. Leave plenty of space between your vehicle and a bus, both when driving and when stopping. Never, ever pass a stopped bus, as a child may be crossing in front of it. Leave plenty of extra time in your morning commute so you won’t feel rushed and can treat the school buses on the road and their young passengers with respect.