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Back to school: Amica offers 10 safety tips for parents and motorists

08/16/2012

LINCOLN, RI – As summer winds down, kids across the country are heading back to school. So Amica Insurance reminds everyone to be extra careful on the roads and offers some simple tips for parents and motorists to help keep children safe.

“Many children will be going to school for the first time, so they may not be careful when crossing the street or running to catch the bus,” said Vince Burks, a senior assistant vice president with Amica Insurance. “Older children know the routine, but may forget basic safety rules in their excitement to catch up with old friends or start classes in a new school.”

That’s why motorists need to be extra careful, especially while driving in residential areas and school zones, Burks said. “ It’s important to slow down when approaching kids walking or riding their bikes, because they can be unpredictable and dart in front of you at any time.”

Parents also need to take time to talk with their children about important safety rules. The National Safety Council offers these safety reminders:

  • Children who walk to school should use sidewalks whenever possible. On streets with no sidewalks, walk on the side of the road, facing traffic.
  • Take extra care when entering or exiting driveways.
  • Beware of children darting out from between parked cars.
  • Be careful when following or approaching a school bus, especially near bus stops.
  • Don’t pass a school bus on the right and stop for any school bus that is stopped with its lights flashing while children are entering or exiting the bus.

Another risk comes into play with older students who will drive themselves to school for the first time this year, Burks said. They are sharing the roads and parking lots with other new drivers, so it is important to remind them to be especially cautious when driving to and from school

“The start of the school year is a good time for us all to review these basic safety rules,” Burks said. “We all need to work together to protect children so they have a safe, fun school year.”

About Amica

Amica Mutual Insurance Company, the nation's oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, with corporate headquarters in Lincoln, RI, is a national writer of automobile, homeowners, marine and personal umbrella liability insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,100 people in 40 offices across the country.

CONTACT:Vince Burks, Corporate Communications, 50 Amica Way,

Lincoln, RI 02865-1155, 800-652-6422, ext. 24563

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