Dropping the kids off at school every morning during the school year is a hassle -- and it can be dangerous. It's easy to end up in a car accident with another harried parent. Worse, you run the risk of hitting a child or teenager if you aren't very careful!
To cut down on the possibility of a serious accident during your morning routine, keep the following drop-off rules in mind:
Put your phone away
This should go without saying. There is far too much going on to risk looking at your cellphone while you're behind the wheel in a school zone. If you don't trust yourself, put your phone where you can't even reach it.
Double parking is forbidden
It's also really a bad idea. If you pull up next to someone (instead of waiting your turn in line), not only are you likely to create a snarl in traffic, you're also forcing a child -- yours or the other parent's -- to cross in front of a car. That's a recipe for disaster, so just don't do it.
Never swerve around a car to cut the line
Pretend the line of cars ahead of you is just like a line of customers at a coffee shop. When someone doesn't automatically move forward into an empty space in front of them, you still don't gain the right to jump the line. Wait your turn as patiently as possible to avoid a car accident.
Stay in your car
There's never any reason to step out of your car in the drop-off lane. If you want to park to talk to a friend or want to get out and stretch your legs while you wait on a child to appear during pick-up time, find a spot in the parking lot.
Keep everyone in motion
Kiss your child on the way out the door and say your goodbyes before you pull up to the school. Once you're there, make the process "all business" so that you can keep the line moving.
If you do end up in a car accident with another parent, remember to remain calm. Worry about any injuries first and your car second. If you're seriously injured, an attorney can help you assess your options for recovery.