Carpooling, or bringing other people’s children to school, saves money, reduces journey times and helps reduce traffic congestion around the school gates. But what do we need to know before setting off on the first school run?
Carpooling will not affect a driver’s insurance as long as:
If you’re taking part in carpooling this school year and have any doubt about your insurance cover, don’t be afraid to get in touch.
It is compulsory for all children to travel in the correct child seat, booster seat or booster cushion, regardless of whether they’re travelling in their parent’s car or in another car. Safety belts must be worn at all times and all children who are under 150cms in height and weighing less than 36kg must travel in a car with the correct child seat. The drivers has a legal responsibility to ensure ALL passengers aged under 17 use the correct seat, booster seat, booster cushion or seat belt.
Make sure child minder etc. has appropriate car seats. See our safety advice for car seats here.
Once you and a few other parents have arranged who will drop off and who will collect the kids on a certain day, you’re pretty much sorted. Don’t be afraid to openly discuss the arrangements for carpooling. Bear in mind the following:
It might be a good idea too to stock up the glove compartment foods such as dried fruit and cereal bars. The last thing you need is one of the kids starting their day on an empty stomach. It’s handy to have a few water bottles in the boot of your car also, in case the children have sporting activities or PE that day and forgot their own.
To find out more about the correct car seat weight restraints and to see our safety advice for installing and travelling with one in your car click here.