OK, it’s only Aug. 13 but Westboro Toyota knows many teachers and school administrators around the Metrowest/Central Massachusetts area who are abuzz about going back to work. And, that means that the school buses will soon be out in full force transporting students to and from area elementary, middle and high schools.
Westboro Toyota reminds everyone to practice defensive driving at all times—this means not just obeying the rules of the road but anticipating potentially dangerous situations or others’ mishaps.
When school is back in session pay extra close attention to those flashing school bus lights and posted school zone speed limits. According to one state government’s traffic website, for every 10 miles per hour over 50 miles per hour you are traveling, you are doubling the risk of death in a traffic crash.
Even when no bus is around, kids could dart out into traffic, so be at the ready to apply those brakes as needed. If your brakes are squealing or squeaking get them checked. Also, if you feel a pulsating sensation when you apply them that could be a sign that the rotors need attention. And, if you need to push your foot very close to the floor to get your vehicle to slow down, don’t ignore that symptom, which is a very serious sign that your brakes are in need of repair.
Also, stay behind pedestrians and cyclists until you have enough room to safely pass, and remember to slow down when you see school bus put on its flashing yellow lights—don't wait for the “stop” sign to come out to take action.
In addition, if the bus driver removes the “stop” sign, always look both ways for children before proceeding on your way.