As we head into Labor Day Weekend, we cannot help but attempt to squeeze that last bit of fun out of the summer season. So, it is more than likely that many of you have plans for one last getaway to the beach or even the Poconos – or at the very least a backyard BBQ with family and friends. The kids, of course, are putting away the sunglasses and swimsuits and breaking out the books over the next couple weeks as schools are kicking of their school years all over the Delaware Valley in the coming days (some actually have done so already).

This brings us to our topic of the moment. This time of the year offers a change, albeit gradual, in our driving habits. For many of us parents, our schedules become instantly multiplied with sports practices and other after school activities. Pick up. Drop off. Repeat.

Furthermore, we are running into school zone traffic for the first time in three months and our commutes don’t go as they have been in recent days.

What’s more is that with each and every passing day, there is less daylight. It’s always a blur this time of the year. First, we are putting the kids on the school bus in September for the first time. We blink and it’s Thanksgiving. We blink again and it’s Christmas and it’s dark at 4:30 in the afternoon.

The bottom line to all of this is that we all need to exercise some patience this time of year with ourselves and each other. Give school bus drivers a brake even when their flashing lights are not engaged. Watch out especially for little kids walking along the sides of roads. Slow down and stop to let folks get across streets in our neighborhoods.

This time of the year is one of the most wonderful. Let’s all do our part so that we can all enjoy it safely together.