For many families, the school year is a very busy time. Between making lunches and taking
the children to and from school, it may feel like you’re always in a hurry.
But weekdays can be more manageable if you share the school driving responsibilities with
other families, otherwise known as “carpooling.”
What is carpooling?
Carpooling is a type of ride-sharing that allows busy people to take turns with other
neighborhood parents. Carpooling helps you:
- Save time and money.
- Minimize the wear and tear on your car.
- Reduce traffic during peak hours.
- Get to know other parents and community members.
Choosing carpool drivers
- Share the idea of carpooling with responsible parents also interested in participating.
- Try to make sure that participating drivers have cars that are in good condition and all
valid documents (registration, insurance, etc.).
- Figure out how many children can safely ride in the car, depending on its capacity.
- Keep the phone number and address of each parent in case of emergencies.
Recommendations for drivers
- Leave your house early, with enough time to pick up all the children on time.
- Have children under age 13 sit in the back seat, and make sure they wear their seatbelts.
- In South Carolina, children younger than 8 years old or less than 57 inches
tall must ride in a booster or car safety seat.
- Before driving to school, make sure that all the car doors are closed properly and use
the child safety locks if your car has them.
- Never leave children alone in the car, not even for a minute.
Advice for driving in school zones
- Drive slowly when you’re in a school zone and always obey the speed limit.
- When driving behind a school bus, make sure to stop when the red lights flash. Never try to pass a bus.
- Try not to block or park in front of the school entrance or exit.
- Drop off the children in specified loading/unloading zones. Wait until you see them go
into school before leaving. Notify the teacher who will be picking up the children after
school each day.