October is International Walk to School Month

This encourages parents to put trust in their children who they feel are old enough and smart enough to walk to and from school on their own.

Of course, this initiative can’t work for everyone but there are ways that your child can still be involved if that want to be.

The school run is infamous for traffic and the closer you get to the school the busier it gets. Between 2006 and 2011 there were 85,814 children that were injured in a 500-metre radius of their school, that’s 1,190 a month.

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This comes down to two major factors, the roads outside the school gates being over congested and children not being street smart and having road safety skills.

For more tips on road safety for the school-run Click here.

So this month you should encourage your children, nieces, nephews or cousins to walk to school if it’s safe for them to do so. If it’s not safe to do so why not speak to another parent from the school that lives closer to see if you could drop them at their home in the morning to walk to school with their child.

  • The stand-out benefit from this initiative is fitness and health, most of us will be aware that childhood obesity is on the rise; in 2015/16 9.3% of four and five-year-olds were classed as obese in England. Children need at least an hour a day of physical activity and walking to and from school can be a great way for them to get that exercise they need.

  • Road safety skills are so important and the best way to gain the skills needed to be safe on the road is letting your children walk to school in a safe way. Why not get them to walk in a group with friends or why not the walk with them on some days. Habits that are learnt at a young age are learnt well.

  • Independence is a great feeling and this could be one of the first big things you trust your son or daughter to do.

  • It’s cost-effective to not use the car in the morning sat in traffic to somewhere that is just around the corner.

  • Studies have shown that children that walk to school find it easier to concentrate as they have burnt off some of their excess energy before they get into the classroom.

  • Socialising is a great skill that can be learnt from walking to school, if your child is young enough then getting them to join a walking bus can help them learn to be around other people and it gives them extra time in the day to build on new relationships.

Research shows around schools is not the safest place to be in your car, more than half a million vehicle collisions happened on roads in the UK around schools from 2006 to 2011 and that number is only on the rise as we see more and more vehicles on the road.

This resulted in more than 85,000 child casualties as the children involved were either in the vehicles that had collisions or recently got out of or getting into a vehicle near the collision.

Here at Cute Injury, we are ready to help you with a claim if you or your children were injured and it wasn’t your fault. Although this initiative is a great idea it’s not going to change the congestion around schools anytime soon. If something did happen to you or your child we would make sure you get what you deserve. That could be making sure your car gets fixed or receiving money for you to pay for a home tutor if your child needed time off school due to an injury.

If this has happened to you already why not give us a call now to see what your options are.

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