Back-to-School Safety Tips to Keep in Mind this Fall

It’s back-to-school season, which means the streets are likely to have more traffic congestion and more foot traffic. Whether you’re dropping off your children at school or simply driving past a school building, here are some important back-to-school safety tips to keep in mind.

There are several things you can do to improve the safety of your family and others when dropping off your children at school. First, avoid double parking, since it can lower the visibility for other drivers and students. When picking up or dropping off, always do so in the designated location. Dropping your child off across the street may save you time waiting in line, but it can be dangerous for your child to cross the street.

Even if you don’t have kids, you’ll still need to share the road with school-age children. It’s important to avoid blocking the crosswalk while stopping at a red light since students might walk into traffic trying to get around your vehicle. Additionally, slow down in school zones in case students are walking.

We at Greenwood Chevrolet hope your family has a fantastic school year. Stop by our service department for a vehicle inspection and any necessary maintenance before making the commute to school.

Stay Safe with an In-Car Emergency Supply Kit

Make sure you’re always prepared in the event that your car breaks down or there is an emergency.

Keeping a well-stocked emergency supply kit in your car this summer will help ensure that your travels are as safe as they are fun. Here are some essential items that the National Safety Council recommends including in your kit.

  • Spare tire, wheel jack, and wheel wrench. These items will ensure that you’re prepared to handle potential flat tires.
  • Jumper cables.
  • A toolbox, which should include a multi-purpose tool, flashlight, batteries, and duct tape.
  • Fresh drinking water and non-perishable snacks, in case you get stranded in the event that your car breaks down.
  • A fire extinguisher.
  • Extra blankets and towels.
  • Reflective triangles or road flares.
  • A first aid kit, which should include bandages, gauze, pain relievers, gloves, tweezers, antiseptic, scissors, and tape.
  • Independent charging systems for any necessary electronic devices, such cell phones or tablets. This will ensure that your gadgets stay powered even if your vehicle’s battery dies. 

Besides gathering an emergency supply kit, there’s one more way to stay safer when driving this summer. Schedule a maintenance appointment at Greenwood Chevrolet! We’ll help ensure that your vehicle is functioning safely and smoothly before your next road trip.