As the school year begins in Shelton next week, drivers are being reminded to recall their ABCs of auto safety. In its annual \u201cSchool\u2019s Open \u2014 Drive Carefully\u201d campaign, AAA Southern New England reminds local motorists that careful driving begins even before they leave their driveways. More important, motorists should expect the unexpected as kids walk, bike, in-line skate or skateboard to school. Why? For two reasons: First, it\u2019s difficult for children to judge traffic situations because their peripheral vision is much narrower than that of an adult; and second, kids assume if they can see a car, the driver can see them, which isn\u2019t necessarily the case. AAA urges motorists to follow these safety tips to ensure a safe, successful school year: \u2022\u00a0\u00a0 \u00a0Slow down near school and residential areas. \u2022\u00a0\u00a0 \u00a0Drive with headlights on \u2014 even during the day \u2014 so children and other drivers can see you. \u2022\u00a0\u00a0 \u00a0Look for clues that children are present: School-crossing signs, crossing guards, flashing school-zone lights, school buses, and playgrounds. \u2022\u00a0\u00a0 \u00a0Scan between parked cars for signs that children could dart into the road. \u2022\u00a0\u00a0 \u00a0Practice extra caution in bad weather. \u2022\u00a0\u00a0 \u00a0Always stop for school buses that are loading or unloading students.