Sign of the week: School zones

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.

School ZoneJust like playground zones we talked about a couple weeks ago, drivers need to be extra careful in and around school zones. Children are incredibly unpredictable, and you never know if they’re going to run across the road.

The sign on the far left is often seen on highways near school zones. Be mindful of the children and please follow the posted speed limit during school times.

The second and third sign is what you see when you are entering a school zone. Keep to posted speed limit. The speed is not suggested—it is the law. Unlike playground zones, school zones are in effect 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on school days. Not Monday to Friday or everyday because there are often holidays, Pro D days and winter and summer vacations.

If summer school is in session, then these special signs will be put up to notify drivers. Again, please respect the posted speed limit during school days and times.

The sign on the far right is often seen when you are nearby a school zone. This does not mean you need to reduce your speed down to 30 km/h. Keep to regular speed limit, but be very careful and slow down when children are present.

Wondering where school zones start and end? Here’s the rule, according to ICBC’s Learn to Drive Smart book.

School Zone1

As always, stay sharp. Look further ahead so you dont miss these signs and fail your road test.

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