WE’VE all been bombarded in recent years with hype about the benefits of switching to electric vehicles.

Now I’ll admit, I’m not a big fan.

So apart from causing more potholes, blazing batteries, lack of range and charging points, what else could be wrong?

Roads are dangerous enough given the standards of modern driving.

And those perils seem to multiply around drop off and pick up times from schools.

We are trying to show our 10-year-old granddaughter how to walk safely to school on her own, a journey of around a mile.

It’s bad enough to cross when you can see traffic coming but when you get near school, the cars are often double parked on pavements, and you simply can’t hear electric vehicles coming. You’ve only got your eyes to rely on.

The Highway Code says: “When it is safe, go straight across the road – do not run. Keep looking and listening for traffic while you cross.”

So you can forget the listening element for electric cars.

Concerned grandfather