Back-To-School Tips for Truckers
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Back-To-School Tips for Truckers The time has come for everyone who uses the roads to once again start thinking about the fact that kids are getting ready to go back to school. That means more cars on the road, school buses in full operation, and an army of young pedestrians crossing roads in order to get to school.

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Published 18 August 2015
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Back-To-School Tips for Truckers The time has come for everyone who uses the roads to once again start thinking about the fact that kids are getting ready to go back to school. That means more cars on the road, school buses in full operation, and an army of young pedestrians crossing roads in order to get to school. We all need to adopt a safety first mindset if we are to keep accidents at a minimum. For truckers, it is especially important due to the inherent challenges of driving such large vehicles in urban and suburban environments.
Whether you aretalking about truck driving jobs in Indiana, California or any other state, the need to be safe near schools and residential neighborhoods is the same. We have put together a list of back-to-school tips America's truckers can employ in light of schools resuming classes: 1. Slow Down in School Zones There are many communities across America where truck routes pass right by elementary, middle, and high schools. Such school zones are often tagged on either end by reduced speeds and electronic monitoring devices capable of telling a trucker how fast he/she is going. It is vital that truck drivers slow down in these school zones. A driver should never exceed the school zone speed limits under any circumstances, and he or she should pay close attention to all electronic monitoring devices. 2. Be Cognizant of School Buses The start of classes invariably means fleets of school buses taking to the roads. Truck drivers will see those buses on rural country roads, on busy city streets, entering and leaving suburban neighborhoods, and even on local expressways. Drivers should be mindful that school bus drivers are held to a different standard than most others; everything from speed to making right turns on red is tightly regulated for bus drivers.
Truckers should also remember that most states have strict laws regarding passing a stopped school bus. It is important to know the law in any state a trucker drives and to obey those laws to the letter. Attempting to pass a stopped school bus in violation of state law is not only risky to one's livelihood, but it is dangerous for schoolchildren. 3. Adjust Driving Hours Although federal regulations are stricter than they have ever been regarding driver hours, truckers should do their best to adjust their schedules to accommodate the start of school. Getting on the road as early as possible can help reduce interaction with school buses and pedestrians in school zones. Driving on the weekends in exchange for taking weekdays off allows truckers to move freely without having to worry about kids going to and from school. 4. Be Aware of Traffic Congestion The start of school also means the beginning of a new semester at America's colleges and universities. Local expressway traffic in university towns tends to swell during active school sessions; it is especially troublesome at the start of the fall semester when so many new students are in town for the first time. Truck drivers should take this to heart and expect congestion on local expressways with access to colleges or universities. Remember that your truck may be surrounded by college freshmen who are unfamiliar with the local area. C.R. Englandis committed to helping our drivers be as safe as possible throughout the year. We encourage other trucking companies and independent contractors to do likewise. Now that school is back in session, the slightest bit of carelessness or lack of attention to detail could result in a tragic accident. None of us wants to see that, especially where kids are concerned.