With the start of a new school year, make sure you are following the laws when encountering a school bus. You will want to make sure that you look to see if the stop sign extended out from the bus, make sure to stop. If kids are crossing the street, you should be stopped to help prevent an accident. When the lights are flashing on the bus, make sure to slow down and come to a complete stop. This way when the bus comes to a stop, you will be able to as well. The lights will also be flashing as the stop sign is extended out from the bus as well.
If you are driving in an oncoming lane, the same rules should be applied as well. Look to see if the bus has flashing lights. You will want slow down and pull over. Even if you are not sure, it is better to be safe than sorry. The same rule applies if you see the stop sign extend from the bus, make sure to not pass or drive by the bus. When driving in a school zone area, you will want to make sure that you slow down and are aware of your surroundings as well. Make sure that you are on the lookout for children that might run across the road without looking for cars.
Also remember that it is important to have the vehicle inspected. If you have to drive with the headlights on, you will want to make sure they can work properly. If they do not illuminate the road in front of you, you will not be able to have the best visibility possible when driving. The lights will also help other drivers and pedestrians see where you are as well. With proper working lights, you can help to reduce the chance of an accident occurring.