Sign of the week: Playground zone

Sign of the Week is a weekly feature here on the SenSen Driving School blog that demystifies some common head-scratching signs you’ll see as a driver.

Playgroundzone

Please be careful in and around a playground zone as children are often around. As you might imagine, kids are incredibly unpredictable, and you never know if one or some of them will run onto the road.

In my many years of teaching, I have seen sports equipment—items such as soccer balls, basket balls, frisbee and so much more—fly onto the road as drivers hit the brakes to prevent an accident.

The sign on the left warns you that a playground is nearby and that you should slow down. This does not mean your speed limit is 30km/h. Keep to the regular speed limit, but be very cautious and slow down when children are around. Use your best judgement.

If you feel there are many people around because of an event at the park, then it’s best to slow down to lower speeds so you can reduce a risk of an accident.

The sign on the right is where you need to obey the law and reduce your max speed to 30km/h. Remember that playground zones are in effect every single day and not just weekdays or Monday to Friday because children can be present any day of the week.

And in case you’re wondering what “dawn to dusk” exactly means, it’s another way of saying from sunrise to sunset.

At SenSen Driving School, we recommend that all drivers look further ahead. Speeding in playground zones is, from our experience, one of the most common ways young drivers fail the ICBC road test, so stay sharp and look for signs.

Until next time. Drive Safe. Drive Smart. Drive with Confidence.

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