This summer seems to have flown by, and school is back in session! From preschoolers to college students, kids in Lubbock are either back in their classrooms or are returning soon. While you may be looking forward to the return of school, this also means that traffic on roads (especially busy ones such as Loop 289, Slide, Milwaukee, and more) will increase dramatically in the mornings and afternoons. Additionally, you can expect there to be new drivers on the roads who got their licenses over the summer and are now taking themselves to school! As students return to Lubbock schools, Texas Tech University, South Plains College, Lubbock Christian University, and more, it is more important than ever that you take caution on the roads, especially in the morning and evening hours. Here are some reminders for you as well as new drivers who may be on the roads for the first time with heavy traffic!
- Speeding is the number one cause of teen driving accidents. Obey the speed limit.
- Obey all traffic lights and stop signs. Come to a complete stop at stop signs and never run red lights. Even when a light is green, make sure the intersection is clear before continuing.
- Do not drive distracted. Talking on the phone, sending or reading text messages, eating, and changing the radio station while driving are all activities that count as distracted driving. Be aware of drivers around you!
- Play music at a reasonable volume. This allows you to hear a horn or a siren and get out of the way of emergency vehicles. It is the law to pull over to let emergency vehicles pass when their lights and/or sirens are on.
- Share the road. This includes pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and more.
- Obey school zones and pay attention to those who are crossing the street. Most school zones have crossing guards who indicate when children are crossing, but drivers need to stay alert regardless.
Although it is exciting for teens to get their licenses and start driving (and may be equally exciting for parents who no longer have to drop off and pick up every day), there are necessary precautions to take in order to keep roads safe. Stay aware of the dangers and distractions of driving. Please be on the lookout for potential dangers and drive defensively. Fortunately, many driving accidents are preventable. Do your part and help to prevent accidents on the road!