Back-to-School Travel Tips

Navigation Updates school travelAre you ready for your kids to go back to school? Most parents feel both excited and saddened by the return to school. To help with the process, we are going to give you some of the best travel tips for going back to school.

Plan Your Trip

Knowing the route to and from school before the first day of class is always a good idea. Use a digital map to get familiar with the streets and have alternate routes in case of traffic. Mapping services can also provide you with traffic data, so you know whether or not to expect traffic on your way to school. Maps are even useful for those who are walking to and from school. They will be able to see the easiest and safest paths.

Establish A Route For Kids Who Walk

Walking to school is an option for a fair amount of students. If you are going to let your kid travel to school by walking, it is always a good idea to have an established route. This way if anything ever happens you can quickly and easily locate them.

Know Your Bus Routes

Buses are an easy and quick way to get to school. Kids can both read and socialize as they travel on the bus. If your school district doesn’t offer school buses, verify that your kids know the best public bus routes to take to get to and from school.  It is also a great idea to know alternate bus routes. Sometimes buses undergo maintenance issues, or due to road maintenance, the bus must reroute. The kids should know which alternative stops they can use to get home.

Bikes Are A Great Option

Students who want to travel to school by themselves but want a quicker option than walking can consider riding a bike. It is also an excellent option for those who want to be eco-conscious. Bikes are fast and can get you where you need to go.

Teach Your Kids The Rules of The Road

Walking, driving, biking, all have rules of the road. Make sure to spend time teaching your kids those rules. An excellent example of that is that bikes ride with traffic while pedestrians walk against it. It is important that kids understand the rules of the road and safety while traveling to and from school. More than 150,000 students of all ages get hurt while they travel to school each year.

The most important part of back-to-school travel comes down to teaching your children life skills. Your children need to learn more than what they are taught in school. Safety and travel planning is an integral part of life, even after they graduate from school.

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