June 12, 2019
We work with our insurers to promote good practice to our clients, this latest information has been brought to us from QBE and it covers the extremely important issue of driving near schools.
This report contains guidance on the unique driving challenges that driving near schools can bring. The following information should prove useful in helping you stay safe when driving in these areas.
As well as seeing it here, you can download a copy that can be given direct to relevant staff members.
Driving near schools
Roads around schools get busy at drop off and pick up time and the hazards increase significantly: poorly parked cars, school buses, children on cycles, scooters and on foot who are more interested in running over the road to see friends than looking out for your vehicle. This guidance note is a timely reminder that journeys near schools need particular care, especially when the children go back to the classroom.
Stop those distractions
Many vehicle collisions and road safety incidents are caused by the driver being distracted, even momentarily. This is true on any road at any time but when driving past a school at drop off, lunchtime or pick up time, it’s even more important to avoid distractions and concentrate on the road.
You can make your journey safer when you’re at the wheel by not:
You may need to park near the school, particularly if you are making a delivery. In this case, please remember the following recommendations:
Do not double park because it:
Do not park illegally:
Drive past safely
In most cases, when a vehicle moving at 40mph hits a child, the child is killed. So when driving past a busy school gate, keep your speed down. You don’t know when a child might rush out into the road in front of you.
Stop at school crossings and do not proceed until:
If the crossing is unsupervised:
If you know your route takes you past a school gate, try and plan your journey so you take a different route or pass the school during a quiet period. It is also prudent to build in extra journey time if you know you need to pass a school at a busy time.
Remember to drive slowly, be aware of children on bikes and child pedestrians who are unsupervised and who could run into the road. Following the recommendations of this guidance note will dramatically reduce the risk of children being injured by your driving activities.
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