School Run Rage

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No one needs to do a study on how stressful mornings are for mums. Making teens, or tweens and/or small children get out of bed, dressed and fed and then off to school could test the patience of a saint.

However, it’s driving the school run that really takes nerves of steel. Just this morning I had to grit my teeth twice, once as a mum parked her 4×4 so close to my car that I had to climb through her blow-dry to get out. And the second time when a mum came the wrong way down a one-way street yelling: ‘My son is late for school. Get out of the way. Get out of the way!’

 

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So it’s hardly surprising that researchers have found that this daily race against time means we are all putting our children and other road users at risk! Apparently our heart rates soar by 51 per cent when we drive our kids to school, which in turn affects decision-making and provokes aggressive driving.

Which is probably why the study also found half of mums admitted to driving aggressively, 69% percent said they regularly break speed limits and four in five mums admit to taking their eyes off the road due to their kids’ backseat antics.

The study funded by Autoglass suggests the following safety tips to help you stay calm and contained:
• Make sure you have enough petrol and keep windows clean.
• Relax before you leave. Spend 60 seconds breathing deeply.
• Leave early so you’re not in a rush.

I’d add one more to that – walk even if its miles and you have to leave at 7.30 am!

It not only saves going to the gym, but it will exhaust your kids so they can’t complain for long and best of all it will stop your kids from knowing that mummy has an encyclopedic knowledge of swear words!

Does anyone have any other tips for the school run?

Anita

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8 Responses to School Run Rage

  1. Kara Guppy says:

    I do the school run on foot but get really annoyed with parents parking on the pavement so I have to steer my pram on to the road! Our local police now do random spot checks to ensure parents are parked legally but normally they let the school know when they’re coming so it defeats the object of it!

  2. Katie says:

    thankfully we live 2 doors away from the school so my school run should be a breeze but to try and get to my house during pick up or drop off time is ridiculous and even worse when it rains!! still there are some positives living next to a school!

  3. betty says:

    my children go to school in london and every morning at 8.30, just as the drop off rush in on, those huge trucks that pick up car parked inappropriately drive down the narrowest streets while all us mums are trying to drop off the kids. They are more trouble than they’re worth – can someone please get rid of them. the school run would be alot faster and less annoying !!

  4. Anita Naik Anita Naik says:

    OMG I so agree – what enrages me more is the parking on the school run. Does X really need to be dropped off literally at his desk by his mum’s 4×4 (well that’s what it feels like when my children are nearly run over by a car reversing onto a pavement)!

  5. Jane says:

    My children go to the school’s beakfast club so generally our morning school run is relatively calm. I stress, relatively.. Mind you, at pick up it’s a different story. Why can’t children walk more than 2 yards to their school? I have a good friend who turns into a complete lunatic during school runs – parking literally anywhere and getting parking tickets (and filthy looks) galore. She is completely unbothered. Pardon the pun, but it drives me mad! I know some schools encourage walking to school and have ‘walking buses’, which is a grear idea though not so good for those of us who work and so need to be on the tube/train by 8.15am. But it’s a start.

  6. Penny says:

    My 8 year old’s school does a ‘drive through’ the semi circle to drop the 6-10 year olds off which is great for passing through the school quickly but the run there – well, the earlier the better and then I’m ‘fairly’ calm, as are the roads! I do find other drivers aggravate very easily in the school run times 😉

  7. Emma says:

    Our school has recently tried to get more people to walk even if this means driving part way and walking. They teamed up with our local Waitrose to allow parents to park in their car park at drop off/pick up times. The car park is less than 5 minute walk to the school. Seems like a fab idea but I have yet to see any difference. Ultimately any parent who wants to drive does so because they want to get as near to the school as possible. If we banned cars around schools we would probably see a drop in accidents, a healthier school and less stressed parents. Plus maybe people might choose to go to their local school and not the best school in the area. The drop and go system, adopted by the independent sector as far as I know, could be a winner at least to ensure parking isn’t such an issue. However, what state school can afford breakfast supervisors for free?!

  8. Anita Naik Anita Naik says:

    I agree a drop and go system would be great but unlikely to happen. In many cases I do think it’s a case of parents being more responsible. Is it really necessary to turn into a selfish maniac just because you’re locked inside a car? We’re all time starved and in the same boat so show some consideration.

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