Now that schools are in session, curbside drop off and pick up areas can be incredibly congested. Everyone is in a hurry to get their children to class or after school activities on time! But, it’s never worth compromising your child’s safety in traffic – nor your own, nor that of others.
Here are 4 “Safe Drop Off ” tips from the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency (SFMTA) that we think make sense, and wanted to share with fellow parents:
1. Pull over into a passenger loading zone when dropping off your kids at school. If none is available, try driving around the block to see if one becomes free. Or find a parking spot and walk together for a short distance.
2. Drop your child off at the curb on the school side of the street – rather than crossing into incoming traffic or having your child run across the street
3. Have your child sit on the passenger side with their backpack – so that they can get out of the car easily, quickly and safely. This isn’t always possible when you have multiple carpool passengers, but it’s good to keep in mind.
4. Cross the street with your child. Cross only at corners. Train your child to look both/all ways before they cross a street. Especially when they’ve spied a friend or favorite teacher already on the other side.
All the above guidelines are easier to follow, when you allow yourself enough time to get to school without being in a mad rush. Easier said than done, we know!
So, last but not least, take a deep breath and give yourself a mental pat on the back when you’ve safely dropped off your kids. Go ahead – stop for a minute and treat yourself to that caramel latte you’ve been craving.
You deserve it! 🙂
The KangaDo Team