Back to school can be a hectic time for drivers, increasing the risk for accidents while on the road. It is important that drivers are extra cautious during this time, especially in residential areas and near schools.

School zones are in place for a reason and it is crucial that drivers abide by the speed limits in these areas. Drivers are also encouraged to eliminate distractions while driving, That includes texting and being on the phone. Children can cross the road unexpectedly and could pop out between parked cars while in parking lots. Taking your eyes off the road even for a few seconds doubles your chance of an accident.

Drivers should also plan ahead before hitting the road, especially when most students are on their way to and from school. Evaluating the road conditions, giving yourself more than enough time to get to where you're going and reading maps can all reduce the risk of accidents.

More importantly, drivers should make sure their car's maintenance is up to date. Follow your car's manual for proper oil changes and maintenance tips and be sure that brakes are not worn out before taking to the road.