If only we could put the gear stick into reverse and travel back to the festive season… A time of rest and relaxation without a worry in the world. Nonetheless, it’s back to life, back to reality of work and school commutes.

By now we’re back into ‘work mode’ with children heading back to school for another term. The turn of the year and the reopening of schools across England and Wales signifies an end to easy mornings doing what you want, when you want.

Dropping the kids off outside the school and on the pavements of roads around the school building can become extremely tricky to navigate. They are packed with parents pulling off extreme manoeuvres, plus children and teens walking or cycling alone.

All of that makes accidents near schools likely. Years gone by have seen many accidents and fatalities outside schools, with plenty of recent efforts to improve the situation. These have included educating kids on road safety as well as measures such as 20mph zones being created. Some schools are even going further to reduce the chaos this term by banning parents from parking nearby.

Be aware

However, as drivers know. It is our responsibility to be prepared for the rush and be vigilant when commuting during drop off times for school children. That includes being aware of pedestrians and giving cyclists, especially younger ones who are still to get to grips on two wheels, plenty of space. Driving slowly and stopping for lollipop men and women, no matter how close it’s getting to 9am, will also keep everyone safe. Failure to stop for a School Crossing Patrol Officer can actually land you with a heavy fine – or a ban. Parents should also consider how their actions can impact others. It’s really tempting to hold up traffic for a second to let the kids out. But consider how that might lead frustrated drivers behind to make silly decisions when trying to get past.

Being prepared

We also need to accept the inevitable and plan ahead or leave extra time for journeys. Even journeys that avoid schools are likely to be busier, just because fewer of us are now on holiday. If you’ve got a long commute check the best route and whether your vehicle is in a fit state to cope with the journey before you set off and avoid stress. Apps such as Google Maps can be set to give you an update on traffic conditions to warn you of any major jams, but make sure your car is in tip-top condition heading into 2019; not just for you but for those riding as passengers, such as your children.

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