Driving tips for back to school

Published On: Aug 16 2012 07:02:29 AM CDT   Updated On: Aug 16 2012 08:50:01 AM CDT
HOUSTON -

School will be back in session soon and whether you have a child in school or not, there are some driving tips you need to keep in mind.

Alan Delaney, a manager of training and support for HISD, used to drive buses for the district. According to Delaney, parents should stress to their children the importance of listening to directions coming from the bus driver to stay safe.

"Always look, always listen. Always pay attention to what the driver says," Delaney said.

Remember, children are excited about going back to school and may dart out into the streets without thinking about the consequences. So it's a drivers responsibility to obey laws and use common sense.

"You don't want to make up time in a school zone. You need to slow down. Speeding is obviously a big issue in school zones," said Capt. Larry Baimbridge with the Houston Police Department. "If the lights are flashing, don't pass. If there's a divided roadway, a median between you, it is legal to pass."