Published: 06 Sep 2016

Rise of the mummy rage: Jennings Motor Group reports heightened road rage while on the school run

It’s back to school in September and with it comes the return of the stressful early morning school run. With reports of road rage on the school run rising, Jennings Motor Group has created the Road Rage Ranker specifically to help mums on the school run to assess their road rage score and manage their stress levels.

Research has found that two thirds (67 per cent) of drivers feel angry on the school run* and almost a third (32 per cent) think the school drop off and pick up is more dangerous than driving to work*. 72 per cent also think more children would walk to school if the roads were safer**.

Dale Gillespie from Jennings Motor Group said: “Mummy rage on the school run might sound like a bit of a joke, but the truth of the matter is when we are upset or angry, we’re not able to give the road the attention it deserves and our safe driving is compromised – this is when accidents happen and no one wants their children involved in accidents.

“We’ve created a Road Rage Ranker to help people identify when they are suffering from road rage on the school run and offered tips on how to combat it. Users are given ten typical school run scenarios and their rage is ranked against these situations to give an overall score.”

Even celebrities aren’t exempt from mummy road rage when they have their children in the car. Una Healey from The Saturdays tweeted that she had an altercation with another motorist who blocked her in when she had her baby in her car. Earlier this summer, police were reportedly posted outside school gates in Hampshire to control alleged road rage clashed between parents.

Dale continued: “It’s no secret that the school run can be stressful, but safety is paramount. As hard as it is at times, we must try and stay calm in stressful road situations – even when the other party is being particularly annoying.”

As back to school draws ever closer, Jennings Motor Group has compiled some advice on how to avoid becoming a ‘road rage mum on the run’:

Before you set off, plan some extra time into your journey to allow for traffic or unexpected road works/accidents. This will help to avoid unnecessary stress.
Some simple changes such as the style of music you listen to during the journey can also make a big difference. For example, you may feel a lot more relaxed listening to classical music than heavy rock.
If another driver makes an error or is simply driving badly, take a deep breath, count to three and try not to overreact. It is possible that they are unaware of the errors they are making, so simply concentrate on your own vehicle and continue to drive safely.
Try to think logically – if you can see another driver becoming agitated, avoid eye contact and remain focused on whether you are driving responsibly. Do not engage in sounding the horn or flashing headlights as this can quickly turn into a personal attack.
If you are being constantly tailgated or have another driver sounding their horn, find a safe place to pull over and allow them to pass. Whilst you may be driving at the speed limit, and are right to do so, you may be putting yourself in danger from other motorists.

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