With the reopening of schools on Monday as the first stage in lifting lockdown restrictions, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to be cautious when driving, walking or cycling at school run times.

“With children and teenagers mostly studying at home during lockdown, we’ve all become accustomed to the roads being much quieter and hence safer,” said Susan Taylor, ESFRS’s Water & Road Safety Coordinator. “But once there is a full return to school, there is likely to be more traffic and consequently more road accidents.”

Hundreds of children under fifteen are killed or seriously injured on Sussex roads every year. To help prevent further accidents, please follow these tips:

  • If you or your children are cycling, wear a helmet, use lights and wear bright colours to ensure you are visible.
  • If your children walk to school with friends, teach them to always check for cars before crossing and not to assume that a friend has already done this.
  • If you are in a car, anticipate more cyclists and pedestrians than usual.
  • Always check for cyclists before opening your car door.
  • Drive according to the weather – drive slower in rainy conditions.
  • Drive slowly in built-up areas, especially near schools.

If you haven’t been driving for a while, remember to check the state of your vehicle, especially the tyres, fuel, oil and water, and take extra care when driving. For more on road safety, please see: