The school run is a big part of most parents’ day. First thing in the morning and then again in the afternoon, mums and dads, grannies and granddads all head to the schools to pick up their little ones. This can mean the roads are a lot busier and there are more potential hazards to motorists during the school run, which could cause a car accident.
Here are five potential dangers to motorists during the school run:
- Children running across the road: Potential car crash hazard. This is one of the main potential road traffic accident hazards during the school run. In the afternoon especially children are eager to get home and if parents are not watching them closely they have been known to run across roads without looking thus causing a car crash.
- Cars double parked by the side of the road: As school starts or finishes roads become more congested and there are a lot less free spaces to park. For some drivers this may make them think they can double park as they will only be quick. This could quite easily cause a road traffic accident especially if the car is sticking out towards the road.
- Pedestrians crossing in between cars: Near most schools cars are parked up and down the whole length of the road. This means that parents and children alike are more likely to have to cross from between cars. This can make them less visible to motorists thus causing a potential car crash risk.
- Dogs on or off leads: The school run is often a good time, and excuse, to take the dog for a walk. This means that not only do motorists have to watch out for potential road traffic accident hazards such as children but also man’s best friend, especially those that are on a long lead or none at all.
- Other motorists on their mobiles causing a car crash: Parents are often very busy especially if they are working as well as looking after the children. Parents on mobiles whilst driving could potentially cause a car crash as they will not be wholly concentrated on the road.
If you have been involved in a road traffic accident within the last three years that wasn’t your fault speak to Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you could make a claim.