As usual, summer vacation seems to have passed in a flash! Most families have plenty of tasks to occupy themselves as the first day of school approaches rapidly. In the midst of school shopping and everything else that needs to get done before the first bell rings, prudent parents might also review some back-to-school safety tips with their kids.
Three Important Back-To-School Safety Reminders
Consider a few of the most common safety issues as kids head back to school.
- Phones And Other Mobile Devices
The pervasiveness of handheld mobile devices is one of the biggest changes since our own school days. Nobody can argue that it’s handy to have a portable phone and computer that fits in a pocket or backpack. On the other hand, it’s important to recognize how distracting these little devices can become. Drivers need to keep their eyes on the road, and that’s even more critical in areas where lots of kids will walk to school. Also, make sure any walkers or bike riders know to focus on traffic and not their phones.
- Teen Drivers
Lots of new drivers will start finding their own way to school this year. It’s a good idea for parents to practice the route to school with their new driver, even if the student already has a license. Make sure these young drivers leave for school in plenty of time, so they do not need to hurry. Please remind them that they need to obey the school speed limits and of course, never look at their phones while they are behind the wheel of a car.
- Backpack Safety
Lots of parents have reasonable concerns about the weight of the books and other supplies that young children have to carry to school. Backpacks with wide straps help, and some new backpacks come with wheels, though the wheels can increase the weight when they must be carried. Even the sturdiest kids should not carry backpacks that exceed more than 10 to 15 percent of their body weight. That means that your 100-pound sixth grader should not carry a backpack that exceeds 10 to 15 pounds.
Review Insurance Coverage for Fall and Winter
As autumn approaches, it’s a good time to review insurance coverage for your home, health, and of course, those new drivers. Here at Overbay Insurance in North Carolina, we are here to help you manage your insurance premiums and protection.