Keep Your Child Safe
The school carpool line can seem like a whole different world. There is something about the car line that causes parents to lose all of their common sense. You will see people trying to cut in line, driving against the flow of traffic, holding up the line, and every offense in between. There are plenty of options for speeding up the process and getting through it sooner, but some take it too far. A common tactic that some use is moving through the line with their child unbuckled and ready to jump out. While this will speed up the process, it is dangerous and you should never do it.
Unless your car is parked, everyone inside should have their seatbelt on. Buckling up is mandatory, and allowing your child to be unbuckled can put them in danger. When people think of car accidents, they often think of high-speed collisions on the highway, but most fatal crashes happen within 25 miles from home and at speeds of less than 40 mph. The school car line might not move very fast, but if a collision does happen and your child’s seatbelt is unbuckled, then it is far more likely that they will be injured or even killed. There are better ways of speeding up the car line, do not take risk your child’s life over saving a few seconds.
Everyone in the car line needs to be paying attention and adhering to proper safety procedures. With dealing with kids in the backseat and the overall stress of the car line, it can be easy to get distracted. Always be vigilant when getting in and out of the car line and watch for kids who are walking to school with their parents or biking to school. It is important that you watch for them and make sure that they can get to school safety.
Getting kids to and from school safely should be everyone’s biggest priority. It is important that parents pay attention to what is going on and make sure that everyone has their seatbelt on and is observing proper car safety. Help us spread the word by sharing this with other people so we can make sure that kids are able to get to school safely.