Stay safe at the start of a new school year.
The summer break is drawing to a close and that means it’s back-to-school season. With college students packing up their cars to go back to campus and parents dropping off their kids at school, the roads undoubtedly get busier. When you’re out on the roads this season, be mindful of the increased congestion and possible distracted drivers. Take a look at these essential back-to-school driving tips.
- Always wear a seat belt
This should be obvious. Whether you’re heading to school, work or just running errands around town, drivers and passengers need to buckle up. Seat belt save lives and prevent injuries – only if you use them!
- Allow extra time
The roads will be busier in the mornings and afternoons thanks to school traffic. If you need to be somewhere for a certain time, account for the congestion and leave plenty of time for the journey. If you’re going to be driving somewhere unfamiliar, plan your route in advance.
- Observe speed limits
Drivers should always abide by the posted signs for speeding and school zones no matter what time of day it is. Kids may be walking home from school in the early evening in the vicinity of the school.
- Avoid distracted driving
When you’re driving kids to and from school, the opportunity for distraction is multiplied. Remember to put your phone down (that important work email can wait) and avoid eating behind the wheel. Multitasking behind the wheel means that you’re not paying attention to what is on the road. If a child chases after a ball in the road, you want to be sure you are prepared to stop.
- Review your insurance
Before hitting the road this season, make sure to replace any expired insurance identification cards in the event the driver needs to prove they have insurance during a traffic stop.
We hope that these back-to-school driving tips keep you and your family safe as another school year begins. For all of your auto insurance needs, visit Sausman Insurance Agency. We are ready to help you find reliable insurance today.