Driving to school: Parents put their children and other children at risk

First graders: drive to school

This is how dangerous the parents’ taxi

The road to school is dangerous, especially for inexperienced first graders. As a result, many parents drive their children to school by car, which only makes the situation worse.

Now school starts again. It has already started in some cantons, and others will follow in the next three weeks. Many children are now making their first independent experiences in road traffic on the way to school. It is not without risk, especially for first graders who, in addition to learning the ABC and the multiplication tables, still have to learn how to evaluate correctly and avoid dangers down the road.

So many parents want to play it safe. Instead of practicing how to get to school with their children in advance, they prefer to take the sons to school in the so-called parental taxi – even if it is only a few hundred meters away. The numbers seem to prove correct: about 40 per cent of all serious accidents children are exposed to occur on the way to school. Federal Road Bureau (FEDRO) statistics show that there were two accidents on the way to school per school day in 2021. Last year there were 532 accidents, 452 of which resulted in injuries.

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