Wicklow People (West Edition) - - MOTORS -

THE sum­mer hol­i­days are over and the dreaded school run has started again for an­other year. This week’s tips, pro­vided by IAM Road­S­mart’s head of driv­ing and rid­ing stan­dards, Richard Glad­man, of­fer ad­vice on how to sur­vive 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

Pack for suc­cess. De­pen­dent 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 a frus­trat­ing and rushed ex­pe­ri­ence. Be sure to al­low your­self enough time to get ready in the morn­ing, as a and a half-eaten break­fast and badly combed hair can put both you and your child in the wrong frame of mind for the start of the day

It’s not a race. In many ar­eas with lo­cal schools the motto is ‘20’s plenty.’ Re­mem­ber that this is limit, not a tar­get. Al­ways help out the school cross­ing pa­trol, and you’ll prob­a­bly re­ceive 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 while in the driv­ing seat will stay with them in prepa­ra­tion for when 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, look­ing right and left, then right again. Teach­ing chil­dren to use the road sen­si­bly will save lives

Richard said: ‘Traf­fic al­ways picks up again af­ter the school hol­i­days so your jour­ney will take longer and po­ten­tially be more stress­ful. Make sure the car is fu­eled 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.’

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