Three out of every four of people who do the school run have witnessed aggressive behaviour by parents as they look for a parking spot, according to a new survey by Allianz Your Cover.
In the survey of 1,000 people who do the school run regularly, 39% of respondents said they had witnessed or know about accidents involving parents’ vehicles outside the school gates; and 79% of respondents said they would support 20mph speed limits around schools, with quarter of a mile radius being the most favoured distance.
While 70% of respondents said they felt their child is safe during the school run, almost a fifth (19%) worry about their child going to and from school on their own during the dark winter months. Allianz Your Cover says that because of this, walking to school becomes a less popular option for parents during winter.
Allianz Your Cover says that the average British school run is 7.6 miles and that more than half (56%) of children are driven to school as parents consider this to be the safest option.
Jon Lott, of Allianz Your Cover Insurance, said: “We support calls for increased safety around schools. Getting children to school safely is of the upmost importance and often the competition for parking spaces, busy parents and the need to be on time can distract from this.”