Ease Your Way Back into the School Run - Avoid Monday Mayhem

According to research from UK roadside assistance provider, Allianz Global Assistance, the busiest call out day for roadside assistance in September 2012 was the first Monday in September. In addition the highest number of call outs was between 8am and 10am. Over 12% of all call outs last September related to wheel changes, 8% battery problems, such as a flat battery and 8% were caused by fuel incidents including incorrect fuel.


 Lee Taylor, Chief Sales Office for Allianz Global Assistance commented, “There’s nothing worse than having car issues adding to the stress of the first day of the new school year. We deal with roadside assistances throughout the UK and Europe every month, many of which are due to driver error and could have been avoided without much effort.
“Taking a few simple steps could therefore ensure a smoother school run. Some may seem like common sense, but you’ll be surprised at how many drivers forget after a two month break. Firstly, allow yourself plenty of time for the journey. This will not only ensure that you are calm, as well as your passengers, but will also provide a buffer if any problems or delays should arise. Make sure you stick below the speed limit and concentrate on the road rather than the kids in the back seat, no matter how much racket they’re making! This is especially important when driving close to schools, where children could unexpectedly step into the road. Finally, we would also advise that you keep the contact number of your roadside assistance provider in your car to ensure swift and convenient assistance.”


 Make sure you have a stress free school run and avoid the risk of breakdown by following some Top Tips from Allianz Global Assistance:

School Run Tips


• Time - leave plenty of time for the journey.
• Safety - Ensure children are properly strapped in and wearing their seat belts.
• Adherence – Don’t park on the yellow “zig zags” by the school gate as they are there to ensure the entrance into the school is clear.
• Speed Limit - Stick below the speed limit and concentrate on the road and pedestrians round you, rather than the kids in the back seat.
• Checks - Check tyre pressure, oil and engine coolant level the day before – not on first day back to school
• Fuel - Keep an eye on fuel levels
• Numbers - Carry the contact number of your roadside assistance provider in the vehicle

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