Parents typically do a great job of preparing their child for school throughout the year with appropriate clothes, necessary supplies, and even the perfect backpack. But  one area that is often lacking, transportation experts say, is child safety driving awareness around school zones, school buses, and child care centers. Child safety should be the first and foremost consideration when determining how a child is dropped off and picked up from school or daycare. Yet the very parent who is most tedious about exercising safety precautions around their own child is often the first to zoom off from the curb after making the safe drop-off, and potentially endangering other children in their haste to leave. Educators have a challenge at the beginning of every school year, and rely on parents to partner with them to ensure children arrive and depart safely from school every day. Daycare centers or pre-schools (or any facility providing care to young children) indicate the same concerns. Motorists are so worried about their own child's safety and about being on-time for school and work, that they commit safety infractions afterward. 

Drivers during school year

Not being on the lookout for children darting between cars or careening off their bicycles, or even committing a U-turn on a two-way street to turn the car into the direction they want to go, school officials report double-parking, speeding through school zones. Daycare centers face the very same issues, as parents return to a school-year work schedule, and are often trying to get both school-aged children to their campus on time and then drop-off a younger child at a child care setting before going to work. The extra drop-offs and fall routine add stress, time management issues, and as a result, child safety concerns to boot. Parents should check with their child's school or child care provider to learn child safety procedures and routines. Educators and providers should take extra precautions and initiatives to familiarize parents with child safety tips and guidelines by the same token. Tragedies are reported of children getting injured or even tragically killed by darting between cars, not using a cross-walk, or motorists simply not being observant enough each year. Familiarize yourself with school or provider drop-off and pick-up practices and then be sure you always follow them. One of the biggest complaints by school officials is that parents find a reason to be exception to the rule. Don't walk your child across the middle of a street just because you're holding her hand in case children are required to use designated cross walks. Be prepared to change your traffic pattern in case traffic is supposed to be one way at designated times. And, if an area is designated for teacher parking only, then don't grab a space to drop off your child because you think it's just for "a couple of minutes. Take your child to the drop-off area and "practice" the procedure at an off-peak time if possible.