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... School buses, that is. Those who drive the highway north and south and Tongass Avenue might have slipped into that blissful state wherein we could pretty much guess, barring accidents in our paths, how long it would take us to get to work.
We still can do that, but now we have to again factor stopping for school buses into our calculations. It won’t do to be speeding or rushing to make up for lost time for those stops; we need to expect them and plan for them.
Part of the reason for that is that, with the buses coming, children are at the roadside. It’s not just the littlest ones who sometimes get rambunctious and forget the dangers of the cars, SUVs and trucks speeding past. Middle-schoolers and even high schoolers have been known to get distracted and in their enthusiasm, spill out onto the road. We drivers need to be ready to stop for such eventualities.
They aren’t always dressed for the darkness, and — much as we mentally are ready for spring now that the solstice has passed and the holidays can be seen in the rearview mirror — it’s still dark out these early mornings, and late afternoons.
We’re all back to work and back to school. Let’s get back to the realization that the school children and school buses — along with teenage drivers — are sharing the roads with us, and we need to cut them some slack. The best approach to that is to give ourselves the extra time we need to get to work relaxed, on time, and without frustration before we get to the time clock.