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Seven Days Of Driving Every Year For Parents On The School Run

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4:06pm 5th October 2016

Mums and dads in the South West spend more than seven days a year doing the school run.

New research shows that more than three million parents drive their children to school either every day or regularly.

Of parents polled, the average school run in our region will take up seven days, five hours and 20 minutes of their lives over the course of each school year.

One fifth of British parents drive their children to school every day, with the journey taking those in the South West an average of 56 minutes to complete despite the average UK family living just 1.6 miles from their local school.

When asked if they would allow their children to walk to school or take public transport instead, more than half of the relevant respondents admitted that they would not.

The study is part of ongoing research into how much time Brits spend in their cars.

2,197 UK drivers, all of whom had at least one child aged between four and 11 years old, were quizzed about their car journeys - with a particular focus on the school run.

All respondents were asked 'How often do you drive your child/children to school?' to which the most common responses were every day (21%), between 2-4 days a week (17%), never (16%) and once a week' (13%). The remaining 33% stated either 'fortnightly', monthly or rarely.

They were then asked how long the school run took them each day and if they allow their children to walk to school by themselves, or take public transport by themselves - 52% said no.

The reasons given were; it would be a waste of money (46%), I would not trust my child to get to school on time (45%), I would not feel comfortable (23%), I enjoy the school run too much (8%).

Elspeth Hackett, spokesperson for Sheila's Wheels who carried out the research, said: "The school run is part of everyday life for millions of parents across the UK and it takes place during the time the roads are often clogged up as shown in the length of time it takes for what is usually a pretty short journey.

"The morning school run coincides with many people's commute to work meaning it's the busiest time on the roads and consequently many accidents happen, so it's important to stay fully focused on your driving."

 

 

4:06pm 5th October 2016

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