30/08/2017 - Permalink

Road safety advice as Shropshire children go back to school

Related topics: Highways and environmental maintenance

With Shropshire children set to go back to school next week, Shropshire Council’s road safety education team has issued some road safety tips for drivers and pedestrians.

Take your time and be patient
The school year comes with a substantial increase in morning and evening traffic. Drivers should allow an extra 10 or 15 minutes for their morning commute. The extra time will not only reduce stress but help keep our roads safer. Drivers are less likely to speed or engage in other dangerous driving habits when they aren’t running late.

Slow down and be alert
Drivers should watch for children walking in the road, especially if there are no pavements in the neighbourhood. Watch for children playing and gathering near bus stops. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic.

Pedestrian safety
Take time to checkout the route to school including any potential hazard points along the way. If your child is moving up to a new school plan the journey and allow plenty of time.

Children are advised to wear bright clothing, and preferably reflective or fluorescent items.

Cycling to school
Now is a good time to make sure your child’s bicycle is in good working order – and wearing an approved cycle helmet is recommended.

School bus advice
Children are advised to arrive at the bus stop five minutes early. They should stay well clear of other traffic whilst the bus is moving off – and wait until the bus moves off and the road is clear in both directions before crossing.