With busy after-school schedules, most parents will find themselves on the carpool circuit this fall. Here is some advice to make the ride smoother for everyone:
-- Set ground rules for proper behavior during the ride. -- Limit the number of children you'll take. -- Insist the noise level remains down. -- Provide snacks to keep the kids occupied. -- Try music and conversation to keep the group under control.
Don't let distractions keep you from watching the road. If a situation develops in the car that needs your attention, pull over before you deal with it.