Drivers need to keep their wits about them on their daily commute as children return to school after the summer holiday.
Road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) warns that distracted youngsters walking to and from school at the start of the autumn term could pose a risk to those behind the wheel.
There is a greater threat of accidents at this time of year as the school run brings with it a dramatic surge in rush hour traffic – up to 20% – so it’s imperative that drivers know what’s going on around them at all times.
IAM claims a greater risk comes on the way home from school – where under 16’s are more likely to be distracted by playing with their friends, listening to music or interacting on social media on their phones.
It has offered the following tips to help make sure everyone remains safe during rush hour as the schools return.
- Leave earlier so you don’t compromise your concentration and the safety of other road users by being in a hurry.
- Take extra care to compensate for the fact that children won’t always be paying attention to the road.
- Never stop on the yellow ‘zig zags’ by the school gate.
- Always let your passengers out on the pavement side.
- Slow down and keep an eye out for children crossing the road and emerging from between parked cars.
- If your children are walking to school on their own, make sure they are aware of potential hazards such as crossing busy roads.
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Date Published: September 4, 2014
Author: David Brown