Friday, September 2, 2016

Top 5 Carpool Tips

OKEMOS, Mich. – The school year has started and fall is on its way. Lots of families are turning to carpools when it comes to getting your child to school. Carpools help save time and money during the busy school week. At Graff Chevrolet Okemos, we want to help you get your kids to school safely, while making the trip easier. If you are thinking of putting together a carpool this year, take a look at our top 5 carpool tips that will help make your mornings stress free! 

 Top 5 Carpool Tips
1. Safety is Number One 
You always want to make sure you are being safe when you hit the road, especially with a car full of kids. Make sure every child in your vehicle is buckled in properly. When dropping kids off after school, make sure they walk in to their homes before leaving. Also discuss with your carpool group any serious medical information the driver may need to know in the event of an accident or emergency.

2. Have Clear Communication 
The worst is when there is a mix up in the carpool. To avoid any stressful situations, make sure everyone is communicating clearly. To help with this make sure every driver in the carpool has a way to communicate with each other by exchanging phone numbers or contact information. Make sure all communication lines are available during the driving time because you never know when something will happen. You can also create a carpool schedule, that way everyone knows when it is his or her day.

3. Keep Your Car Clean
This may seem like a silly tip, but by having a clean car you make it easier for everyone to get in and out of your car. Also a clean car will help keep out smells or make it easier to clean up if a mess does happen. Clean carpool vehicles help make for a more comfortable ride for the driver and the passenger.

4. Car Pool with Kids in the Same Activities/School
If you set up a carpool with kids from different schools or different sports, it could take twice as long to get anywhere! By making sure the carpool kids are in the same school or play the same sport, you will save time and be less stressed.

5. Set Carpool Rules
You want to make sure all of the carpool drivers are on the same page, so it is important to incorporate a set of rules. Some rules to establish could be making sure every driver in the carpool is an adult/parent meaning “no teen drivers”. Another rule you could make is “no running errands while carpooling” so that the kids are always on time and never left in the car. Also another tip is to make sure you have a backup plan if a parent becomes ill and cannot drive. 

This school year, you can enjoy your drive with the kids when you use our top 5 carpooling tips! Our team at Graff Chevrolet Okemos knows that the weekdays can be hectic. That is why our tips help you stay organized and on time. If you are looking for a vehicle that keeps up with your busy schedule, look no further than the 2016 Chevrolet Traverse! The new Chevy Traverse is the perfect vehicle to help with your carpool needs. Its versatile cargo space can make room for backpacks, school projects, or sports equipment. The spacious third row seating helps fit all of the neighborhood kids, and it comes with the latest in safety features like Lane Departure Warning, Side Blind Zone Alert, Forward Collision Alert, and more! To schedule a test drive in the 2016 Chevrolet Traverse, contact our expert sales team today!

The 2016 Chevrolet Traverse also offers the newest Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system! The Chevrolet MyLink technology gives you a more fun and safer ride no matter where you go. You can connect your mobile device directly to your Chevy, and stay connected to other parents without taking your hand off the wheel! You can have access to mobile applications like Apply CarPlay, Android Auto, and even Pandora Radio. Get lost during your carpool? With Chevrolet MyLink and OnStar service you can get turn-by-turn navigation to help you find your way. If you have questions about your Chevrolet MyLink system, check out our website!

Hank Graff Chevrolet Okemos is committed to providing you with integrity and convenience, all close to home. Let our friendly team of Chevy professionals at Hank Graff Okemos help you – simply call us at (517) 349-8300 or visit our showroom, located at 1748 W. Grand River Okemos, MI 48864. We’re just minutes from Lansing!

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