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Once again school is in session and along with a brand new year of teachers, pencils and books—a whole new year of carpooling rambunctious youngsters has begun. As a carpool driver, there are certain procedures you must follow to keep the children under your care safe and to make the daily drive to and from school as distraction-free as possible. Here is a list of those things you should pay special attention to as you’re carpooling the kids.

Don’t roll until you hear the click: Accidents can happen anywhere, including while you are backing out of a driveway. In order to preserve the safety of all your passengers, make sure you don’t start backing out of the driveway until all seatbelts have been fastened.

Put down the cell phone: Texting, answering calls, making calls, even just talking on the phone through an ear device adds another distraction to the many already on your plate, so be sure to leave your cell phone in your pocket, purse or glove compartment for the duration of the drive.

Check your lights: Make sure all your light indicators—including back up lights, brake lights, directionals and headlights are in good working order so they can alert other drivers to your intentions and help them avoid crashing into you.

Inflate your tires: Tires that are underinflated are more likely to blow, in addition, they stop less quickly and slide more often on wet roads than those that are properly inflated. Be sure to check the tire pressure in your car before you start car pooling and every couple of months thereafter.

Use booster seats: For younger children, remember that booster seats may be necessary. Children who have yet to hit state-approved height limits need that extra boost to ensure their safety and that seatbelts protect them properly. Check with your state department of transportation to find out how tall children must be to avoid their use.

Airbag avoidance: Make sure that younger children do not sit in the front seat where the airbag, if discharged, could suffocate them or could open too quickly for their bodies to handle.

Non-driving tip: Make sure that the children you carpool understand the procedure for an emergency situation. There may come a time when an emergency prevents you from picking up the children and you may need to send someone else in your place. Give the kids a password that the backup driver can use so that they know it’s safe to go with them.

For more information about Oklahoma City auto insurance, contact Copeland Agency.
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