Friday, August 11, 2017

Driving Tips for Back to School

It's hard to believe another summer is coming to an end and it's time for the kids to head back to school. With the increase in foot traffic and vehicles around school zones, it's important to focus and take driving very seriously this time of year. While it's always important to stay alert, remember to stay extra focused as the new back to school routine gets rolling. The best car dealership in mid-MO wants to help you and your kids get to and from school safely. Take a look below to find some helpful tips for your back to school drive.

Think About Traffic Ahead of Time

Especially on the first day of school, many parents will take their children to school themselves, if their time allows. This can lead to an influx of vehicles around the school. Make efforts to get your kids up and around early to reduce the chance of rushing to school. If you arrive to the school drop off zone early, you will have a lesser wait time and be able to get in and out of the parking lot more easily.

Keep Your Speed in Check

Since leaving on time helps to reduce a rush, you won't feel the urge to speed as much if you are on time. Especially with more students crossing roads and buses driving around the neighborhoods, watch your speed. Try to keep your speed at the suggested limit for a safe trip to and from school.

Respect the School Bus

Use caution when you encounter a bus on the roadway. They need a little extra room for braking and turning. If a bus is stopped, it's required by law that you must stop as well. This can help give students a safe boarding experience. Don't pass a bus if they are stopped! A bus has a number of blind spots as well, so be thinking about those if you are driving near one.

Obey School Zone Laws

Many school zones have a no-phone policy. Put the phone down and focus on driving, after all, there are many precious lives making their way to the school too. Follow your child's school loading and unloading rules, as well. There may be a designated spot to drop off and/or park. These regulations are in place for a reason and it's usually for the safety of everyone around the building.

Keep an Eye on Pedestrians

Many kids will walk to school in the mornings, especially when it's still nice outside. Pay extra attention to students walking along the roadways. You never know when a kid is going to dart into traffic, without thinking to look for vehicles traveling on the road.

Be Patient Behind the Wheel

There may be an influx in traffic, especially the first few days of school. Remember to be patient and set a good example for your kids. You want them to have a great start to the day...which includes a positive ride to school.

Now that you've learned more about these safety tips as the school year gears up, you're ready to make that special delivery on the first day of school! It's important to help your kids start the year off on the right foot and driving safely to and from school can help tremendously. If you have a young driver yourself, remember to discuss the above tips with them as well. To travel back and forth between home, school, and school events, you will need a reliable vehicle. Bring your ride into Spieler's Inc. today to get a maintenance checkup. We can help catch an issue before it leaves you or your young driver stranded. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment! As your trusted car dealer in California, MO, we wish you and your family a GREAT school year!

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