It’s that time of year again when we return to our regular routine of chaos involving school runs, football training, dancing classes and swimming lessons to name but a few. As the back to school rush begins, traffic volumes are known to increase significantly from late August into the start of September. Therefore, it is important that we as drivers be extra cautious around the schools and on the roads to ensure the safety of everyone. Here are a few back to school safe driving tips that will help you achieve this.
Know and Follow your School Traffic Systems: If you’re dropping off children at schools, familiarise yourself with the system in operation at the school. Many schools have traffic management procedures in place to allow for a safe and efficient drop off system to operate. It is important for the safety of the children that you follow these procedures.
Allow yourself plenty of time: As the traffic volumes increase significantly when the schools return, you will need extra time to get to work or to school. New parents dropping their children off at school for the first time will be dealing with the emotional trauma that this involves. Therefore, they might take a little longer at the school. Be patient and allow extra time for delays. We were all first timers too!
Have Patience and show Courtesy: When you are driving to work or to school, have patience with other drivers. You just never know what sort of day the other driver is having or what challenges they are having to deal with in life. Therefore, if we have patience and show courtesy to other drivers, it may cheer that person up. Everyone appreciates an act of kindness!
Park Safely: Unsafe or double parking at schools, or indeed in any busy location, can cause major disruption and delays to traffic as well as introduce major safety risks for children and parents. Therefore, always park in a safe location, even if it involves walking a little further with your child to the school. We all need the exercise!
Drive Carefully around Buses: Drivers should always show extreme caution around school buses. Children are very unpredictable and may jump off a bus and run across a road without realising the danger. Remember many children are buzzing with the excitement of starting a new school year and seeing their friends again after the summer break.
If you have any further questions or queries don’t hesitate to call into to the Swilly Group office on Business Park Road in Letterkenny, give us a call on 074-9151212 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.