Back to School – Staying Safe on The Roads

January has arrived and families everywhere have spent the last few weeks trying to piece back together the school kit, find kids uniforms and purchase textbooks for the coming year.

Now you’ve just got to face getting the kids out the front door and back into school.

If you opt to join the ‘school run’ you’re also left facing the frantic rush of traffic that comes with dropping off kids outside the school gates – did you know that one in five cars driving during rush hour is on the school run?

Driving during this time poses many challenges and busy roads can test even the most experienced drivers.

Research by RoSPA shows that there’s an increased number of accidents during school run times – typically between 8-9am and 4-6pm. Its no surprise parents start the year feeling stressed.

It’s vital that parents (and children) are extra cautious during ‘back to school’ season and stay vigilant to reduce the risk of serious road traffic accidents.

There are a number of ways you can ensure your school run goes smoothly and you stay safe on the road.

  • Leaving 5 minutes earlier in the morning will ensure you don’t compromise your concentration by rushing
  • Compensate for the fact that children will not always be paying attention when wandering across the road
  • Keep a good space around your car and look well ahead
  • Try and arrange to car share with other parents in your area – the less cars on the road the better
  • Areas around schools are usually 2mph zones – and for good reason! Stick to the speed limit to ensure the safety of you and others around you.

Common injuries

In our experience, road traffic accidents can prove to be life changing and traumatic for those involved, leaving victims with serious, life-altering injuries.

Common injuries caused by road traffic accidents include:

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a road traffic accident then get in touch with Express Solicitors today for accurate claim advice.

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