Drivers warned of school run risks

Drivers have been urged to take extra care during International Walk to School Month as more pedestrians are expected to be on the streets, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) said.

The month is dedicated to helping parents inform their children on road safety issues in an effort to bring down the number of road deaths and injuries among pupils.

Car insurance holders are therefore urged to be extra careful while commuting during this period of time.

According to statistics, children aged 12 are three times at more risk of being killed or injured while going to school compared with 10-year-olds. Parents need to insure that before granting their child the independence to go to school alone, they must teach them about road safety.

Neil Greig, director of policy and research at IAM, said: "Hopefully more children and parents will be out and about in response to October's International Walk to School Month, but this means that drivers need to take extra care. Children won't always be paying attention and you should allow more space to compensate for this fact.

"It's also good to leave the house earlier so you're not in a hurry. Don't let the fact you're running late compromise your concentration and with that, the safety of other road users. With increasingly darker evenings and mornings, and worsening weather conditions, visibility will be poorer, and pedestrians will be rushing to their destinations.

"Currently 43 per cent of children are driven to school by car, despite the fact that the majority of primary school pupils live within a mile and a half of their school. Any initiative that gets children out of the car and walking is good for their health, the environment, and for decreasing congestion, but it has to be done safely."

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