This should be obvious, but it’s still important to keep in mind. The slower you drive, the more time you have to stop if a child walking to school or on a bike appears in front of you suddenly.
2. Obey crosswalk rules
When you drive through a crosswalk, always listen to the crossing guard, obey flashing lights that tell you to yield to pedestrians, and stay completely out of the crosswalk until it’s clear. The front of your car shouldn’t be in the crosswalk, or you could force children walking to go around your car and into the street.
3. Drop off safely
You should always drop off your kids on the side of the road the school is on so that they don’t have to cross the street. Also, don’t double park in drop-off lines, as it blocks the sightline of other drivers and pedestrians.
4. Carpool if you can
Carpooling is a great way to reduce the number of cars going to and from school, which makes it safer for everyone. Try to get a group of parents together who can take several kids one or two days a week. This has the added bonus of freeing up some of your mornings, too.
While you should always drive safely on the road, you need to take even more precautions when driving with your little ones. Be sure to follow these tips to keep your kids safe on every drive in and around Fort Worth, Texas.
Check the back seat
Leaving your kids alone in the car is dangerous, no matter the temperature outside. To remember to take your kids out of the back seat, place an important personal item in the rear, like your purse or wallet. When you reach for it, you’ll remember the newborn in the car seat next to it. Some vehicles, like the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse, have a Rear Seat Reminder that prompts you to check the back seat upon exiting the vehicle.
Use the backup camera
When shopping for a family hauler, pick one that has great safety ratings and also has protective technologies. For instance, the 2021 Equinox comes standard with the Rear Vision Camera, which displays a view of the area behind you.* Using this feature, you can avoid hazards when driving with your family and keep an eye out for children playing nearby.* Even with this tool, it’s also worth walking around your car to check for smaller children before driving away.
Keep items secure
If you get into a collision, all of the loose items in your car can become hazardous to you and your children. That’s why it’s important to secure any cargo in the trunk and keep the heaviest items on the floor. Tie them down with bungees to make sure they don’t move around while you drive.
Chevrolet SUVs, like the Traverse and Equinox, have the dependability you need in a family hauler. Find the right vehicle for your family at Bruce Lowrie Chevrolet by viewing our inventory online.
*Safety or driver assistance features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. The driver should remain attentive to traffic, surroundings and road conditions at all times. Visibility, weather, and road conditions may affect feature performance. Read the vehicle’s owner’s manual for more important feature limitations and information.