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Road safety: Driving near schools

By Hannah Colville
Communications Consultant

In most cases, when a vehicle moving at 40mph hits a child, the child is killed. With the school run in sight, it is a jolting reminder that journeys near schools need particular care. Driving hazards increase significantly around school drop off and pick up times. Drivers have to navigate: poorly parked cars, school buses, children whizzing around on scooters and running blindly across roads. Hazard awareness and driver vigilance can reduce the risk of accidents...

Stop the distractions

Many road safety accidents and vehicle collisions are caused by the driver being distracted, even momentarily. Concentrating on the road, rather than distracting yourself with tuning the radio or engaging in lively debates with passengers, will make your journeys much safer.

Drive past slowly and safely

Speed kills. The difference of a few miles per hour can mean the difference between life and death. The faster you are driving, the less time you have to stop if something unexpected happens. So when driving past a busy school gate, keep your speed down.

Park safely

You can significantly reduce road accidents by making sensible parking choices. Double parking might seem innocuous, but it blocks the vision of other drivers and pedestrians and obstructs traffic flow. Where possible avoid reversing your vehicle as this too raises the likelihood of an accident.

For more guidance about safe driving around schools, look at QBE’s Motor Risk Management guide