August is back to school month and whether your child walks, rides their bicycle or takes the bus to school, it is extremely important they get to their location safely. Florida Peninsula Insurance Company would like to share a few safety tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

 

§  When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children walking or bicycling to school.

§  When driving in neighborhoods with school zones, drive in the requested speed.

§  Slow down. Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in the neighborhood.

§  Watch for children playing and congregating near bus stops.

§  Be alert. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into traffic without looking.

§  Learn and obey the school bus laws in your State. Learn the "flashing signal light system" school bus drivers use to alert motorists of pending actions:

·        Yellow flashing lights indicate the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.

·        Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate the bus has stopped, and children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop their cars and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop sign is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again.

Florida Peninsula Insurance Company has made a commitment to support education, in an effort to give back to the community the company have assisted some of the most needy schools around the state of Florida with backpacks filled with school supplies, and we will continue to do so this school year.