As most schools fully re-open on Monday, one Irish roadside assistance provider is expecting a sharp increase in calls from stranded motorists on the school-run, with flat batteries expected to be the number one cause.
According to research from Allianz Global Assistance Ireland, 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 9am and again between 3pm and 4pm, coinciding with the school run.
According to the Sandyford-based company, 15% of all call outs to Irish motorists last September related to flat batteries, 9% were due to clutch problems and 5% involved punctures.
Roland Hesse, Country Manager for Allianz Global Assistance Ireland said: “There’s nothing worse than having car issues adding to the stress of the first day of the new school year. 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.”
He added: “Make sure you stick below the speed limit and concentrate on the road rather than the kids in the back seat. This is especially important when driving close to schools, where children could unexpectedly step into the road.”
School Run Tips from Allianz Global Assistance Ireland
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 “zig zag” lines 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 and insurance company in the vehicle