The school year has started for many families across the nation, meaning busy schedules and crowded roads. Atlanta is notorious for heavy traffic regardless of the time of year, and the influx of teens with new drivers licenses makes the morning commute even more of a challenge. Whether you’re a veteran driver or brand new behind the wheel, here are our top back to school driving tips to help you and other drivers get to your destination safely this fall.
1. Leave with Plenty of Extra Time
Heavy traffic in the morning can spell significant delays and plenty of people in a rush to get to school or work. Book extra time to get where you’re going so that you won’t need to worry about being late for the bell if you encounter heavy traffic.
Leaving with plenty of time will also help you avoid the temptation to speed and risk getting into a wreck.
2. Minimize Multitasking
Emails, texts, calls, choosing the best song for your morning ride, and even reacting to street directions all demand a part of your attention. However, the most important thing you need to focus on is the road.
Although you may have to take a phone call or change what’s playing on the radio, ignore any incoming emails and definitely don’t respond to any texts you may receive until you arrive at your destination. Minimizing your distractions will help you stay safe on the road.
3. Hang Back and Wait for Traffic to Subside
It’s no secret that traffic in Atlanta can be monstrous. Instead of jumping into the fray, consider hanging back and getting a coffee or chatting with your friends before you start heading towards home. Waiting for traffic to die down is also a great opportunity to get started on homework!
4. Keep your Gas Tank at Least Half Full
Keep your gas tank at least half full. Even though it might mean an extra trip to the gas station, you will never have to worry about running out of gas when you’re stuck in traffic on the freeway.
Keeping your tank at least half full is especially important come winter, as condensation can build up inside an almost-empty gas tank and lead to corrosion.
5. Don’t Speed
Leave with plenty of time to reduce the tempation to speed in order to make it to class on time. You’ll be able to react more quickly to unexpected pedestrians, especially in school zones, as well as cyclists and construction workers. Plus, you’ll be able to avoid getting pulled over by the police and ensuring that you are late for class!
6. Share the Road
Depending on where you live in Atlanta, your neighborhood may have a lot of cyclists and pedestrians on the road. Be sure to share the road when you’re behind the wheel.
- Pay attention to school bus signage and stop whenever buses stop
- Be aware of pedestrians, especially in school zones
- Give cyclists at least 3 feet of space when you’re passing
- Give motorcyclists the same amount of space you would give a car
- Be cautious when you’re driving along parked cars, as people can step out unexpectedly
- Check your mirrors as often as you need to in order to be sure that you’re aware of who is near your vehicle; as the old saying goes, it’s better to be safe than sorry
7. Service Your Car at T3 Atlanta, Your Friendly, Metro-Area Mechanic
There’s nothing like a busted belt or a worn-out water pipe to throw your schedule into chaos. Between the demands of school, sports, homework, and work, there just isn’t time to get stranded on the side of the road.
Bring your Toyota, Lexus, Nissan, or Infiniti to T3 Atlanta before your semester is in full swing. We’ll inspect your vehicle and advise of any urgent repairs as well as future repairs that are recommended by your car’s maintenance schedule.
We have two convenient metro-area locations in Decatur and Smyrna. Give us a call today and we’ll help ensure that your vehicle is ready for whatever your semester brings!