Triangle school officials are urging drivers to be careful as more than 180,000 students report today for their first day of school.
Motorists should expect to see an increase of traffic around schools and more students at school bus stops.
Drivers will also be dealing with changing traffic patterns with several school relocations.
Buses will be on the road before dawn to pick up the first group of students heading in for the start of traditional-calendar schools.
"We want everyone to think about the safety of our children," Bob Snidemiller, the Wake County school system's transportation director, said in a news release. "We want drivers to be alert to children at bus stops and the additional buses on the road."