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With the end of summer comes the return to school, and as children begin their mass exodus from the playgrounds and into the classroom, there are a few things to keep in mind on the road.

Two Directions

What to do when a school bus stops. If traffic is going in two directions, both lanes must stop. The graphic shows this with a bus stop sign swung out and the cars on either side stopping.

When a school bus stops on a two-lane street, vehicles travelling in both directions must come to a complete stop until all children are safely off the bus and out of the roadway. That's why there is a stop sign on the side of the bus that faces both ways. When the stop sign is folded in and the bus begins moving, you're good to go.

Multiple Lanes

When a school bus stops on one side of a paved, multi-lane highway, all vehicles travelling in both directions must come to a complete stop until all children are safely off the bus and out of the roadway.

Divided Highway

On a divided road with an artificial barrier or green median that is five feet or wider, vehicles on the same side as the bus must stop. Cars on the other side of the highway can proceed but they should proceed with caution.

When a school bus stops on one side of a divided highway with a dirt, grass or barrier median, all vehicles behind the bus must come to a complete stop until all children are safely off the bus and out of the roadway. Vehicles travelling in the opposite direction may proceed but should exercise caution.

Keep in mind that the necessary width of the barrier may be different in some regions. Typically it is five feet, but in some places it must be seven if it's an unpaved or grass barrier.

Remember to stay safe this season, and keep in mind that traffic infractions don't just negatively affect your Auto policy premiums, they also put other people at risk.

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