Safety Guidelines Driving to and from Our School

Following are safe, defensive and courteous driving guidelines up, down and on the mountain:

Ocean side: When you drive up and down the mountain on Mount Madonna Road: 

  1. Stay on your side of the road.
  2. Maximum speed of 20 m.p.h. on the straight-away.
  3. Slow to 5 or 10m.p.h before and on the curves, especially when you can't see if a car is coming in the opposite direction. Honk your horn as a warning.
  4. Yield to the car coming uphill.

Summit Road:

  1. Full stop at all stop signs. Yield at yield signs. 
  2. The speed limit is no more than 40 m.p.h., weather permitting. Be cautious of animals crossing the road.
  3. Be courteous, do not tail the car in front of you.
  4. Do not pass on solid lines.
  5. Obey the 25 m.p.h. limit between 445 and 491 Summit Road when students are arriving in the a.m. and leaving in the p.m. 5. Be cautious around the school bus stops and follow all applicable laws. 


Quiz question:

When driving in mountains, who has the right-of-way on narrow road ?

a. vehicle going uphill?

b. vehicle going downhill?

Answer: Vehicle traveling uphill has right-of-way. Vehicle traveling downhill backs up to let him pass...

On Mountain Roads

When two vehicles meet on a steep road where neither vehicle can pass, the vehicle facing downhill must yield the right-of-way by backing up until the vehicle going uphill can pass. The vehicle facing downhill has the greater amount of control when backing up the hill.

V C Section 21662 Mountain Driving:

The driver of a motor vehicle traveling through defiles or canyons or upon mountain highways shall hold the motor vehicle under control at all times and shall do the following when applicable:

(a) If the roadway has no marked centerline, the driver shall drive as near the right-hand edge of the roadway as is reasonably possible.

(b) If the roadway has insufficient width to permit a motor vehicle to be driven entirely to the right of the center of the roadway, the driver shall give audible warning with the horn of the motor vehicle upon approaching any curve where the view is obstructed within a distance of 200 feet along the highway.

Amended Ch. 462, Stats. 1984. Effective January 1, 1985.

Drive safely and practice defensive driving technique! Respect the rights of those who share the road and live in the neighborhoods surrounding MMS.

For safety and good relations with our neighbors, please review and adhere to the following basic rules:   

  • Maximum speed of 40 mph on Summit Road (speed limit is 35)
  • Maximum speed of 15 mph or less on the campus (slower if children and animals are in vicinity)
  • Maximum spped of 15 mph max on Mount Madonna Road, on the curves that hold 2 vehicles; 20 mph max on the straight-a-ways.
  • Stay on your side of the road and honk/put lights on when going around curves that can only hold one vehicle! Go no more than 10 mph on these curves.
  • When exiting the upper or lower campus, stop and look both ways before turning onto Summit Road

Thank you for your cooperation!