The great school run debate
Have you ever parked on a double yellow line in the rush to drop your kids off at school? Or how about blocking someone's driveway?
We've all been there — you're running late, the school bell has already rung and there's no where to park… What do you do? Drive around and around looking for a suitable space or just pull up and run?
Since the start of the new school term, complaints about parking on junctions, roundabouts and driveways have filled the press — and this behaviour has led to staff, members of the council and the police having to patrol certain schools around the country.
Parking in non-designated areas can cause danger for pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and children. So next time you head out to pick up the kids, keep these top tips from IAMRoadSmart in mind…
- Give yourself plenty of time then you can make sure you don't get behind the wheel in a rushed state of mind.
- Consider how you park and don't obstruct crossings, no-waiting zones or block residents in — think about how you'd feel if you lived there.
- Be alert and keep an eye out for blind spots. Children can be unpredictable and are more interested in their friends than your car.
- If you see a child on a bicycle, slow down — give them plenty of space, or, if in doubt, just wait.
- There's a reason why school zones have lower speed limits so just remember that 20 is plenty, no matter how much of a rush you're in.
Have you experienced school run road rage, either as a parent or a resident?
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