At the start of the new school year, it is important for all road users to be alert. This certainly applies to motorized traffic at moments just before and after school. Extra vigilance is required in school environments. Try to avoid school environments just before and after school on your route as much as possible.

Be sure to keep enough distance from cyclists when you overtake them. This means: at least 1 meter inside built-up areas, 1,5 meters outside built-up areas. Respecting the speed regimes is also essential: 30 km/h is not there to bully you as a motorist. It serves to guarantee the road safety of all road users.

Be sure to keep enough distance from cyclists when you overtake them. This means: at least 1 meter inside built-up areas, 1,5 meters outside built-up areas. Respecting the speed regimes is also essential: 30 km/h is not there to bully you as a motorist. It serves to guarantee the road safety of all road users.

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preparation

Parents often wonder about the age at which their child can go to school alone for the first time. That depends on a lot of factors, such as the road you have to travel, the traffic volume, the maturity of the child, his experience in traffic, etc. Studies show that before the age of 8 to 9 children are not able to handle all traffic situations. So you should not overestimate your child. It is therefore important that you study and practice the route to school before sending your child on the road alone. So take a good look at which route is most suitable for going to school. That is not always the shortest route. Sometimes a slightly longer route with fewer intersections or dangerous points is more suitable as a travel route.

It is important that sooner or later you let your child go to school independently. Keeping dropping off your children by car not only ensures that your children do not learn to move independently in traffic, it also increases the possible conflict in the vicinity of the schools between motorized traffic and vulnerable road users.

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