Back to School Safety on the Road

Back to School Safety on the Road

Summer is winding down which means students and their parents are preparing for another school year. Between buying school supplies, attending sports camps, and orientations, many often forget to make sure their vehicles are in good shape before the first day of school. Whether you’re a carpooling parent driving kids to and from activities, a high school student driving friends around, or a college student about to drive to campus, here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to your vehicle:

Routine Maintenance
Before heading anywhere, it’s important to make sure your car is functioning properly. Check fluid levels, air levels in your tires, lights, and general cleanliness of your car. It may also be a good idea to equip your car with a first aid kit, any repair tools for a flat tire, or some emergency equipment like a blanket and road flares. As always, keep your cell phone in a bag or out of reach to prevent any texting and driving accidents.

For Carpoolers
If you’re a parent or high school student taking passengers to and from school or practice, you’ll want to make safety a priority. If your driving habits have ever included texting, going over the speed limit, or road rage, it’s time to break those habits and be more aware of the safety of others in the car. Make sure all passengers are buckled up, as studies show that only 8% of teens use a seatbelt while riding with adults who are not using one, and they’re more likely to wear one if the person driving them is wearing one. For younger and smaller children, check up on car seats before heading out on the road. Always communicate with the parents of the children you are driving around and let them know of any additional stops, injuries, illnesses, or issues that come about during the carpool.

For College Students
Driving your car to campus to have during the school year can be convenient for a number of reasons. Whether your college is one hour away or across the country, you will want to make sure you have everything you need and are prepared in the event of an accident or breakdown. Make sure you’ve done your routine maintenance and had the car inspected, fluid levels checked, your insurance information is on hand, and you’ve equipped your car with emergency items. For parents, make sure you discuss what to do in the event of an accident with your student before they leave for school. Also, try looking up local, reputable repair shops or mechanics near campus just in case of a break down.

The first day of school is a big day for kindergarteners through to college students, and being able to get there safely is essential. Another thing you’ll want to study up on before the first day is a vehicle service contract or extended warranty. If you’re looking into a VSC, be sure to talk to your dealership about how to finance your VSC. Omnisure offers 0% interest, no credit checks, no large down payment, and flexible payment plans up to 24 months. Get in touch with your dealership for more information.