Being a parent means that you will eventually need to take the little ones back to school, and for most of you, that means participating in carpools. While we can't stop the kids from making noise in the back seat, we can help make the drive to school a little bit better. These tips will help make sure that your vehicle is in top shape so that you can keep up with your kids' busy schedules.  

Keep up with Vehicle Maintenance 
An oil change here at Rochester Hills is an excellent first step in preparing your car for those back-to-school trips as your vehicle's engine will likely be working harder do to high traffic areas and red light idling. Having your oil changed as well as replacing dirty air and lubricant filters along with checking your tire pressure are essential in keeping your vehicle on the road and making sure your kids get to school on time.   

Buckle Up 
High school students use their seat belt less than other passengers, but even though your teenager probably won't listen to you when you lecture them about proper seat belt usage, there is some good news. A survey conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety states that more than half of teens are more likely to wear a seat belt if the parent also uses one. Adults who didn't only saw 8% of their teens use theirs. So, parents wear your seat belt and make sure your teen does too!   

Proper Car Safety 
Some parents will drive preschool children along with teenagers as they go back and forth from school. Be sure to use adequate seat restraints if you have young children. If you have infants, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends infant-only or rear-facing convertible seats with straps at or below shoulder level. Toddlers over one-year-old and weighing 20 to 40 pounds should be placed in a convertible or forward-facing seats with harness straps at or below the shoulders. For young children, the NHTSA says to use a forward-facing, belt-positioning booster seat with a lap belt that fits low and tight across the lap with a seat belt fitting snug across the chest and shoulder. Children 12 and younger should ride in the back seat with the seat belt tightly fastened. Children shouldn't use standard vehicle belts in the rear seat unless it fits properly across the thigh and across the chest. Until that day, use a booster seat.   

Showers in the Fall 
Heavy downpours are inevitable, so while you're getting an oil change here at Rochester Hills Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, a technician can also check your windshield wipers and tire tread. It's best to make sure than your wipers go smoothly across the windshield without streaking and that you're getting enough tire traction when the roads get slippery.     

Making Sure Your Child Knows Where to Walk 
Be sure to talk to your child about using crosswalks and sidewalks while also being alert to your surroundings. The Safe Routes to Schools organization states that of the leading types of youth pedestrian accidents, 33% are due to "dart-outs" when the child enters traffic mid-block, often between parked cars.   

Obey School Speed Limits 
Be careful when driving in and out of school zones as a lot of morning traffic consists of parents driving your children to school. Watch out for other vehicles slowing down or stopping to let their child out. Also, don't text or talk while driving.   

Using these tips will make sure that you and your child remain safe on the drive to and from school. And if you need maintenance on your vehicle or an oil change, you stop by the dealership and speak with one of our knowledgeable and friendly representatives who are more than happy to assist you! You can also schedule service right on our website for your convenience!       

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