Mayhem at the school Gates
What a way to start a day!
When my son was at Primary School, every morning was a battle in and around the School gates, not to mention on the roads.
Parents rushing to get their little ones to school trying to find a parking space in one of the pitiful amount of spaces they had in the teeny Car Park, have schools not realised more than just a handful of parents will be dropping off and picking up their Children?
I suppose I was one of the lucky parents who lived close enough to the school to actually walk instead of taking the car. I actually enjoyed this more than driving there to be honest and it gave me and my son the chance to have a natter on the way, grabbing a little fresh air without the stresses and struggles of being stuck in the school traffic.
I definitely did not miss the endless horns beeping, parents winding down their windows and shouting abuse to each other. Some parents stressed as they needed to be back on the road to get to work, driving faster and more reckless than they usually would. Cars could be found abandoned on every corner, double yellow lines and even on the grass.
Are signs there to be ignored?
Cars reversing and driving into the staff car park where children are walking though completely ignoring the sign telling parents not to reverse or drive into this area.
I was always frustrated and still do get wound up by the parents who park in the disabled spaces, with no badge displayed and watching actual disabled drivers struggling to walk longer distances to get to the playground as they cannot get parked any closer.
Is It Really Any Better Walking?
Do not get me wrong walking to school does have its frustrations and hazards along the way. The amount of times we have attempted to walk over the zebra crossing only to find Parents running late and driving like maniacs completely ignoring the fact there is a Zebra crossing and people trying to cross the road. Even though we are not driving my son still had to witness the arguments between drivers and the language and gestures on display.
From Primary to High School
When my son left primary school to go to high school I thought we had left all this behind, only to find it is actually a lot worse!
If I do drive we have to park about half a mile away outside of other peoples houses, which must frustrate the homeowners. If we walk to school it feels like we are playing dodge the maniac drivers to get over the road, the sheer volume of traffic is on a different scale to primary school.
The school has its own police on site; they attempt to move cars on that are blocking entrances and peoples driveways. It can sometimes take up to half an hour just to get to the end of the road, if you make it down without someone honking their horn, throwing you a lovely gesture or practically running into the back of your car, then you are a very lucky parent.
What Can Be Done?
Something must be done about this, I am sure these are not the only schools that are like this, I do not think that I am the only parent that has witnessed all these goings on. I am not perfect either I can admit I have honked my horn in the past, and a maybe little bit more when I have been pushed to my limit. Placing small traffic cones around the gate area may help to prevent cars from parking in areas that they shouldn’t be in.
Time to Change
I only hope things change before an accident happens or a fight breaks out in front of the School children. It is a shame they cannot at least feel relaxed before they start the school day, maybe some parents need to grow up and think about this before they decide to drive or park dangerously in the future and think of the children.
Does this sound like anyone else’s Morning School run hell?