Car insurance holders advised to take care on school runs

Sunday, 10 October 2010

As the mornings begin to get darker, motor insurance policyholders are being advised to take care when carrying out the school run.

This October is International Walk to School Month, which should result in more people heading to school on foot, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

"Children won’t always be paying attention and you should allow more space to compensate for this fact," said Neil Greig, IAM's director of policy and research.

He advised car insurance policyholders to take extra care while driving because of this.

"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," Mr Greig added.

Statistics show a 12-year-old is three times more likely to be killed or injured while walking to school than a ten-year-old. This could show primary school children are generally with a parent or guardian, making it safer journey.

The IAM campaigns to raise driving standards on the roads in the UK.

Posted by Rebecca Mellor

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