Yesterday we reported that parents’ stress levels jump at the prospect of the school run. Now new research explains exactly why parents dread even the thought of the twice-daily trip to school.
More than four million parents are believed to have faced confrontation with another parent on the school run, according to new figures released today. The research carried out by Privilege car insurance found that 37 per cent of parents have experienced a disagreement with other parents at the school gates.
A total of nine per cent had even been involved in a physical confrontation with other mums and dads, with a lack of parking being seen as the biggest cause of friction, according to 65 per cent of parents. Other factors creating tension included too much traffic around the school, which was cited by 50 per cent of respondents to the Privilege survey with other parents driving carelessly coming a close third with 49 per cent of parents highlighting it as a bugbear.
To alleviate the parking and traffic frustrations, parents could walk their children to school or where driving is the only option, allow some extra time for parking slightly further from the school gates.
Other annoyances were parents driving to school unnecessarily, when they lived nearby at 31 per cent, parents driving “Chelsea Tractors” at 23 per cent and careless pedestrians ignoring the rules of the road at 22 per cent. A total of 20 per cent of parents were also infuriated by children on bikes and scooters being oblivious to traffic around them.
Charlotte Fielding, head of car insurance at Privilege said: “We understand that getting a child to school on time can be a juggling act, and no doubt a stressful start to the day. However, it is shocking to see that a third of parents have ended up in a confrontation with other parents at the school gates.
“To alleviate the parking and traffic frustrations, parents could walk their children to school or where driving is the only option, allow some extra time for parking slightly further from the school gates.”