Have you got your PE kit? Yes. Sure? Yes. *as we arrive at school* I’ve forgotten my kit – us on an average day
The school run is always a rush, isn’t it? No matter how well you plan, no matter how early you get up, no matter how triumphantly you polish your halo as you lay their uniforms out the night before, it’s always a panic. Why? Because kids are kids! It’s a faff, it’s stressful, and it can feel more like a race than a routine.
Walking the kids to school and nursery there’s evidence of distracted drivers everywhere. We see cars cutting each other up, kids running out into the road and the clubs, nurseries and schools near to us have often been known to send round notes detailing reports from residents of less than ideal driving or parking choices. Of course, these issues are not caused by parents with a strange and flagrant disregard for the safety of themselves and others, but by the challenge of looking after kids, trying to beat the clock and concentrating on the road at the same time.
We generally walk or bus to school, so as the nights get dark we do as recommended by the school and switch to hi-vis jackets and reflective buggy strips. We know the risks are increased, so we take extra safety pre-cautions. As we make our way home, us parents are tired and children are weary and whiny. JD and Miss J are usually full of energy for the first few minutes, and then sink into hungry exhaustion before we’ve even made it home. In the backs of many a car, children are chatting, joking, being gorgeous, tantruming – any and all of which can require a feat of concentration from drivers.
Of course, some drivers are pros. F1 superstar, Lewis Hamilton for example. But how would he cope with a couple of chatty kids in the back? Insurance provider Allianz decided to put that question to the test…
As you might have guessed, as well as being a bit of fun the campaign is really about raising awareness of the need for good road safety and specifically road safety with children. Despite the challenges, we all – drivers and pedestrians – need to exercise vigilance and care at all times.
So, how do you cope? And do you have you got any school run nightmares to share? Let me know.
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