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Road Safety

1. Staying Safe 2. Road Safety  3. Pedestrian Road Safety
 

2. Safety on the Road

 

Advice for drivers

Driving is a very handy way to get around but it is important for you to stay safe whilst driving. You can keep safe on the road by:

 

Driving at a sensible speed

  • Speed limits are not targets!  Speed is one of the main factors in fatal road accidents
  • Some roads, especially country roads have sharp bends so it is important to watch your speed in order to stay in control, and so you have enough time to react in case of an unexpected hazard
  • Go slow when the weather is bad or avoid driving altogether. Wet or icy weather can highly affect your stopping distance
  • Judging other people's speeds can be hard so try avoiding overtaking on single carriageways. You can never be sure how fast other people are going and it is not worth the risk
  • Give other road users time and room
  • Slow down around horses- causing them to spook can leave them dangerously out of control.

 

Not driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol

  • Alcohol affects everyone in a different way so it is hard to say how much you can drink and still be under the limit. If you are driving it is safer to have none at all than risk the punishment for being caught.
  • Beware that even the morning after you have been drinking you can still be over the drink drive limit- even if you don’t feel drunk.
  • Arrange a lift home in advance if you are going out drinking
  • If you know someone is driving don’t offer them a drink and don’t accept a lift from anyone who has been drinking or taking drugs.
  • It is not just illegal drugs that can get you into trouble if you are caught driving under the influences. Some medication makes you unsafe to drive so you can also get in trouble, it is important to speak to your doctor if you are unsure

 

Always wear a seat belt

  • You are twice as likely to die in a car crash if you are not wearing your seat belt
  • Make sure you wear your seat belt correctly so it can protect you effectively

 

Don’t get distracted

  • Switch your phone to silent so you are not getting distracted.
  • Do not text, make phone calls or use the internet – this is illegal and incredibly dangerous.
  • Set your sat nav up before you start to drive
  • Do not eat or drink whilst driving.

 

Don’t drive tired

  • Rest well before a long journey
  • Take a break every two hours
  • Consider taking public transport for long journeys or journeys at early/late hours
  • Pull over if you start to feel tired


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