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Driving Safety Suggestions for Back-to-School Season

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Keep the roads safe this back-to-school season.

With the start of the new school year approaching, it’s important to remember that traffic patterns and driving risks will change when school’s back in session.  To ensure that you are doing your part to keep the roads safe this back-to-school season, here are some of the driving suggestions that you should try.

  • Buckle Up

Whether you are driving alone or with a passenger, it’s important that everyone in your car wears their seat belt. Seat belts literally save lives and can reduce the chances of critical injury by approximately 50%.  Even if you are only driving a short distance, forgoing your seat belt is never worth the risk.  So, before you set off on a drive, make absolutely sure you buckle up.

  • Plan for Longer Commute Times

During back to school season, there will be more cars on the road as parents and students drive to local schools.  It’s important that you anticipate this extra bit of traffic and plan to leave a little earlier to account for longer commute times.  Planning ahead will ensure that you do not attempt reckless driving maneuvers (speeding, hopping lanes, etc.) in your attempt to make it to work on time.

  • Observe Speed Limits

While drivers should always abide by the speed limit, they need to exercise particular caution when school is back in session.  This is because the streets near schools enforce slower speed limits to protect students who may be crossing the street on the way to campus.  Make sure that you slow down when you are around schools no matter what time of day it is; there’s bound to be one or two kids running around.

These are some of the things that you should do to keep the roads safe this back-to-school season.  Want another way to stay safe behind the wheel?  Then make sure you have the right auto insurance in place.  For assistance with all your car coverage needs, contact the experts at Mike Leonard Insurance Agency.  Our dedicated team is eager to find you the right coverage from one of our many carriers including: Kemper, MetLife, Nationwide, Travelers, The Hartford, Safeco Insurance, Progressive, and American Strategic Insurance.