If you've had to drop off or pick up kids at school in Iowa, you know it can be a mess.

Not long ago, I went with my bestie to surprise her kindergarten daughters by picking them up in the car rider line after school with snacks. (Aunt Sarah must always bring cinnamon rolls.) The car rider line shouldn't be a difficult thing for parents to navigate but even in the passenger seat I saw several ridiculous things that my bestie says are normal occurrences and clearly they need to stop.


Since we're off to a brand new school year, my bestie and I think it's a good idea to review some car rider line etiquette.

1. Thou Shalt Keep The Line Moving

This isn't the time to chat with the teachers, parents, or even get out of your car to do it.

2. Thou Shalt Stay Off Thine Phone

There are kids everywhere and, as referenced above, don't get distracted. Keep it moving.

3. Thou Shalt Not Cut The Line

This happened to my bestie. It won't kill you to wait your turn.

4. Thou Shalt Chill The Heck Out

Obviously it's frustrating when someone is double parked, clogging up the line, or otherwise acting like they're the only parent in the world. But you're setting an example for your kid and also that rage isn't going to get you through the line any faster.

5. Thou Shalt Not Flex Thine Car

Having something like a fancy Escalade, Rolls, or a Jag doesn't entitle you to anything in the school car rider line. You're still going to wait your turn behind the Corolla, champ.

6. Thou Shalt Be Ready

Don't wait until you're the one at the front to get your crap in line. If it's drop-off, make sure your kid has whatever they need right then. If it's pick-up, make sure your backseat is clear enough for your little to hop in. I saw one person who ran get in, buckle up drills with her kids before school started so they knew to be efficient and quick in the car line.

7. Thou Shalt Not Become A Racer

It's still a school zone and there's still kids around. Don't speed when you're entering or leaving the car line.

8. Thou Shalt Pull Up

Pull up as far as you can at the front of the car line to let as many cars in behind you as possible. Don't stop like 3 car lengths back.

9. Thou Shalt Not Act Entitled

But you're running late, you're in a hurry, you just need to drop the kid off real fast. Honey, all of us are in that boat. Take a number.

10. Thou Shalt Be Polite

Overall, just calm down (remember everyone hates sitting in car line) and don't get a sassy attitude with anyone trying to help move the line along.

Do Not Leave These 12 Items In Your Car In The Iowa Heat

It's a toasty summer. Keep your stuff safe and don't leave these items in the car.

LOOK: Most common fast food chains in Iowa

Stacker compiled a list of the most common chain restaurants in Iowa using data from the Friendly City Lab at Georgia Tech.

The following statistics are based on data from the year 2022

More From I-Rock 93.5