Perrys is advising parents and children to make safety their top priority on trips to and from school.
The new term starts very soon, and we, at Perrys, believe it’s crucial that everyone – from pensioners to tots – is mindful of the hazards that go with using Britain’s roads. This is because over 130 children lose their lives, and 4,500 youngsters are seriously injured annually while walking or cycling on our roads. Furthermore, 20 per cent of injuries happen on school runs.
Perrys’ motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay, said: “Every youngster needs to understand how to use our roads safely, whether cycling or walking, and later when motoring. But road collisions are a major reason for the accidental death of children, and they can cause life-changing injuries.”
Tim added: “Statistics demonstrate that pedestrian casualties reach their peak at the age of 11 to 12. For cyclists, the riskiest age is 14. That’s why it’s vital for all of us to take responsibility – not just for our own protection, but for the well-being of any youngsters who share our roads with us. Therefore, as another school term starts, we urge people to help children use our roads with respect, to identify the risks they face and to know how to minimise those dangers.”
Risk Reduction Tips
We’ve put together some guidelines for parents and their children as the fresh school year starts:
- It’s good to be bright: put high visibility fluorescent or reflective jackets, belts or vests on your kids.
- Allow time to park legally and safely if you take the kids to school by car. Don’t dump your vehicle on zig-zag lines outside the school, and respect residents by not obstructing driveways.
- Research any safe walking schemes that may run at your kid’s school. Buddy up with friends and neighbours and walk collectively.
- Refresh your understanding of the Highway Code, and work out safe routes and the best places to cross roads.
- Pay attention to speed limits. Lots of areas near schools have a 20mph speed limit, and you’ll get three points on your driving licence and £100 fine if you’re caught exceeding the speed limit.
- Show consideration for the school crossing patrol. Be prepared to stop and be patient. It’s important to keep in mind that it’s illegal not to stop at a patrol’s signal.
- If you drive older kids to school but they don’t need accompanying into the school grounds, always ensure they exit the car in a safe place. And, finally, never let your children step out into the road instead of the path.