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Drivers urged to be more careful

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Motorists have been urged to be more vigilant this month, as children make an effort to learn how to use the road safely.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is asking drivers to be extra careful when making the daily commute, in a bid to support International Walk to School Month.

The campaign aims to help schoolchildren know more about road safety. Fewer accidents would also help in reducing the number of car insurance claims.

Neil Greig, IAM Director of Policy and Research said: "Hopefully more children and parents will be out-and-about in response to October's International Walk to School Month, but this means that drivers need to take extra care. Children won't always be paying attention and you should allow more space to compensate for this fact.

"It's also good to leave the house earlier so you're not in a hurry. Don't let the fact you're running late compromise your concentration and with that, the safety of other road users. With increasingly darker evenings and mornings, and worsening weather conditions, visibility will be poorer, and pedestrians will be rushing to their destinations."

Mr Greig added: "Currently 43% of children are driven to school by car, despite the fact that the majority of primary school pupils live within a mile and a half of their school. Any initiative that gets children out of the car and walking is good for their health, the environment, and for decreasing congestion, but it has to be done safely."

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