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Back to School Safety Tips:

Posted by Dan Flaherty on 19 August 2015 | 0 Comments


As the final summer month kicks into gear, and the season starts to wind down, we want to remind you of all the changes that come with the return of school. 

At Flaherty Insurance, we know back to school time can get pretty crazy for parents and children. But even if you don’t have kids, it’s really important to be aware of the back to school season. 

Quite quickly, after only a couple months of summer traffic, the roads, sidewalks, parking lots, corners, and intersections transform. Almost overnight, school kids of all ages emerge, walking, running, playing, bicycling, texting, talking, listening to music, laughing, and even driving. 

In general, the back to school season means traffic and safety conditions noticeably change for everyone on the road and sidewalk. According to the National Safety Council (, “61 children are hit by cars every day in the United States, most often during the hours before and after school, and peaking in September.” 

In order to help ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable return to school and the school season, we’ve put together a list of safety recommendations for everyone in our communities. 

** Let’s all learn something this back to school season: Safety!! ** 

 ** Flaherty Insurance says : Safe = Smart **

All Drivers, Commuters, & Delivery Vehicles

  1. Drive carefully with increased traffic in mornings and afternoons.
  2. All school zones have reduced driving speeds. Watch for signs.
  3. School buses will be making frequent stops to drop off kids.
  4. Most regular buses will be more crowded and move slower.
  5. Watch for kids riding bikes and playing in the streets after school.

Parents, Guardians, & Teachers: 

  1. Teach your kids traffic, bicycle, and pedestrian rules. Practice with them.
  2. Make sure your kids wear all appropriate safety equipment when bicycling.
  3. Make sure kids have cell phones, know emergency numbers, and how to call for help.
  4. Communicate with kids after school, so you know where they are.
  5. Create a network of friend and parent phone numbers, just in case.

School Kids (Parents, we’ll need your help here)

  1. Be aware of your surroundings at all times when walking or bicycling.
  2. Never cross a street or ride your bike while you’re texting.
  3. Use crosswalks and obey traffic & pedestrian lights at all times.
  4. Keep an eye on your friends as you head to school, home, the store, etc.
  5. Teen drivers: stay sharp, stay focused, no phone, no distractions. Be careful, please.


** If we all keep an eye for out each other this back to school season, **

** everyone gets an A+!! **

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