With school right around the corner, you may be thinking about how you are going to get your kids to school everyday. For those who don’t use the bus, and live near families who send their children to the same school, carpooling is a great idea.
The most efficient way to carpool is to create a schedule of who is driving when. Communicate with all of the other families involved to determine when the most convenient time for each parent is. Make sure each person agrees on a time that works best for them and that rides are distributed evenly among drivers. Carpools are the most effective for families who live only a few minutes from each other. Only carpool with families who are also interested and who live within a reasonable distance.
Emergency Contact List
Emergency contact lists are a must for carpools. When you are responsible for other people’s kids, and they are responsible for yours, you want to make sure that you are prepared for anything. Distribute your carpool schedule to each parent involved along with a list of emergency contact numbers. Names of parents, children, addresses and phone numbers. Having a backup driver just in case of emergency situations is also a good idea.
Keep Your Child Updated
It is important to let your child/children know who is picking them up, when and where each day. This is the easiest way to avoid confusion and/or problems. Updating your child’s teacher is another safe and responsible thing to do if multiple people are picking you kid up.
Be Aware of Extracurricular Activities
If your children participate in sports, theatre, music or any other after school activities, make sure you fellow carpool parents know. And vice-versa. When you make the schedule with the other families involved, each should list what things their child has going on after school. It may be difficult to carpool with families whose children have much different after school schedules than your kids. Establish what each child has going on, and then figure out a plan that works for you and your carpool group.
Don’t Be Late!
This is a no-brainer. It is important to not only get your own kids to and from school on-time, but being on-time is extra important when you are responsible for other kids. Don’t get distracted in the mornings or afternoons and try to avoid long conversations with other parents.
With these carpool tips, we hope to ease your mind when it comes to your children being involved in a carpool this school year. Carpools are great for the environment and for your kids’ social lives’. They are also very efficient and convenient. For more tips, browse the rest of our Bucci Insurance blog!