PER­ILS OF SCHOOL PICK-UP

The Chronicle - - Motoring - Blair Bent­ley RACQ tech­ni­cal ad­vi­sor

There aren’t many more days left in the school term and I, for one, am look­ing for­ward to a break from the dreaded school pick-up.

Ask any par­ent or carer and they will tell you nav­i­gat­ing the heavy con­cen­tra­tion of traf­fic near and around schools dur­ing pick-up and drop-off is a frus­trat­ing ex­er­cise. Most peo­ple are well be­haved and obey the rules — but not all. A select few take ‘pick-up panic’ to a level that’s left me in dis­be­lief.

I’ve seen tantrums com­plete with blasted horns and wav­ing arms, I’ve seen driv­ers cut off in or­der to get the per­fect spot, lines of cars held up be­cause an­other ve­hi­cle was stopped in the mid­dle of a turn­ing lane — and don’t get me started on those who park on yel­low marked lines.

What re­ally wor­ried me was the time I saw a car scoot across three lanes of traf­fic to per­form an il­le­gal U-turn at a set of traf­fic lights.

All the while, the sur­round­ing foot­paths bus­tled with hun­dreds of en­er­getic school­child­ren ea­ger to leave.

Although this be­hav­iour is ex­treme, they’re not rare ex­am­ples of driv­ing il­le­gally, rush­ing and en­dan­ger­ing young lives. It’s not hard to be a lit­tle pa­tient, to fol­low the rules and to put the safety of oth­ers, in­clud­ing our chil­dren, first.

We have only a few more weeks left in the school year, so let’s go out on a good note.

PHOTO: RENAE DROOP

PANIC TIME: Par­ents can lose the driv­ing plot at school drop-off.

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