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Now that the dreaded school run has started again, the Institute of Advanced Motorists’ RoadSmart division offers advice on surviving the term-time road rush.

  • Make sure everyone is in the right seat. If you use child or booster seats, make sure they are fit for purpose and correctly secured. Visit Good Egg for some tips:
  • Pack for success. Depending on the age of your little ones, pack some healthy treats to distract them and keep them engaged, even on a short journey.
  • Leave enough time. Setting off for school can be frustrating and a rushed experience. Be sure to allow yourself enough time to get ready in the morning, as a half-eaten breakfast and badly combed hair can put both you and your child in the wrong frame of mind.
  • It’s not a race! In many areas with local schools the motto is ‘20’s plenty.’ Remember this is limit, not a target. Always help out the school crossing patrol, and you’ll probably get a friendly wave and smile for your assistance.
  • Start them while they’re young. Teach your children about road safety so they know how to behave around moving traffic. Setting a good example from the driving seat will stay with them until they learn to drive. Parking in a safe place and walking the last few metres will not just help with congestion; it will also allow you to teach them the right way to cross a road.
  • “Traffic always picks up again after the school holidays so your journey will take longer and potentially be more stressful,” Richard Gladman, IAM RoadSmart’s Head of Driving & Riding Standards, said. “Make sure the car is fuelled up and fit and ready for stop-start traffic so you have one less thing to worry about. Be vigilant around schools as there’s likely to be children getting out of cars or walking to school.”