UAE schools themselves have tried to improve traffic management with well considered plans that include designated zones to ease traffic woes. Few however would claim to be completely successful at eradicating the chaos and stress levels as each day begins and ends.
Most parents point the blame at each other, rather than at the schools. Barry King, a father of two in Dubai told us that the most annoying part of dropping his daughters to school is "other people" who stop in the middle of the road right outside school to let their precious little ones out with no regard for anyone else and holding up traffic.”
Abu Dhabi resident, Tamara Clarke agrees. “The parents who unload their offspring outside of the designated drop off areas are basically showing no regard for others. They know they clog up the flow of traffic and waste everyone else's time.”
Huda Abubaker Shalabi believes parents just need more awareness, and greater self-discipline. “Parents or chauffeurs behave irrationally and irresponsibly by either parking on the pavement or letting their kids run around or blocking other cars.”
Ronel Tichendorf believes some blame goes to schools with a "lack of parking spaces", however parents exacerbate this with "cars blocking others as the driver simply doesn’t want the inconvenience of parking further away and walking - like the rest of us do.”
So how can we make this better? Unsurprisingly a lot of your suggestions are common sense, they just need parents to act in unison. That is turn requires a little control - and patience, something often in scant supply first thing on a Sunday morning...
You told us, parents should:
Come the 6th of Jan, if all parents followed these rules we guarantee there would be a much calmer, more relaxed beginning to the year. Will you? Will your peers!? Perhaps our first resolution for the new year!
If you have any other tips and advice for parents making the journey for the first time in 2019, please share in the comments section below. We would love to hear your solutions...