Chances are, if you are a parent, no matter how well you govern your work life, there is nothing that challenges your organisational skills quite like the morning school run. On a standard day, health and safety on the school run starts well before you leave the house; running up and downstairs in a frantic attempt to find scholarly items, or things like a left shoe.
Humour aside, when you do manage to get the tribe outside the front door, whether you take the car to school or travel on foot, it is imperative to remember your family’s health and safety on the school run.
Health and safety on the school run
Whether as a pedestrian, car driver or passenger, when throngs of agitated, rushed parents hit the road, in conjunction with general rush-hour traffic, there is inevitably an increased chance of road accidents. This generally puts your family’s health and safety on the school run at risk.
Remembering health and safety on the school run
There are some simple rules to follow to minimise the risk of your family experiencing an accident on the way to school.
No matter how late you are, remember it is always better to arrive a little late, than to never arrive at all. Take your time, stay assertive when on or near roads and be mindful of other vehicles and the likely state of mind of their drivers.
When driving, you should always ensure that you and your children are wearing seatbelts and are equipped with a suitably fitted car seat, if needed. This can reduce the severity of injury, should your car be involved in a road accident.
For parents who walk with their children to school, make a game of the Green Cross Code, and teach the importance of road safety during this quality time together.
Accident Advice Helpline
If your family’s health and safety on the school run has been jeopardised and you have been involved in a road traffic accident through no fault of your own, we could help your family claim the compensation you deserve.
Call us today on freephone helpline number 0800 689 0500 for more information. Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown