Back-to-School Carpooling Tips

September 13, 2010 6:10 pm Published by

It’s that time of year again, time to pack the lunches and take the kids back to school, and that means carpools. In our safety tips section on our main site we have an article called Six Driving Tips for Back-to-school Carpoolers, since it is once again that time of year, we thought we’d revisit some of those tips on the blog today:

  1. Keep your vehicle running strong with routine maintenance: A Jiffy Lube Signature Service® Oil Change is a great first step, after all your vehicle will be working hard making short trips in heavily congested areas and it is important to ensure that your oil and air filters are clean and your tires at optimum pressure for both the safety of your passengers, the longevity of your vehicle, and your gas mileage. Check  our oil change coupons page for a great deal in your area.
  2. Fasten your seat belts and make sure your children do too: A study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that more than half of teens worse seat belts if they were dropped off by a driver who wore one as well, where as, only 8% of teens dropped off by someone not wearing a seat belt, wore one themselves.
  3. Use proper car-seat safety: For infants (from birth to one year and less than 20 lbs.), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends infant-only or rear-facing convertible seats with harness straps at or below shoulder level. The NHTSA says toddlers (over one year and between 20 to 40 lbs.) should be placed in convertible/forward-facing seats with harness straps at or above shoulders. For young children (four to eight years old and more than 40 lbs.), the organization recommends a forward-facing, belt positioning booster seat with the lap belt fitting low and tight across the lap/upper thigh area and the shoulder belt snug across the chest and shoulder. All children aged 12 and under should ride in the back seat.
  4. Be prepared for rain showers: As part of your Jiffy Lube Signature Service® Oil Change, our technicians can check the state of your windshield wipers and tire treads and recommend replacements when needed.
  5. Talk to your children about pedestrian safety: 33% of youth pedestrian crashes are are due to dart-outs – entering traffic mid-block, often between parked cars. Talk to your kids about always using crosswalks and sidewalks.
  6. Obey school zone speed limits: When in a school zone be ready to break for children crossing and getting out of cars as well as other traffic stopping to drop kids off.

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