Driving Safely

It’s estimated that around 200 road deaths and serious injuries each week involve someone at work. Around one third of all crashes are estimated to involve someone who was at work at the time – meaning that up to 1,000 lives are lost a year where someone is driving for work.

Driving today is not what it used to be.  The roads are more crowded with traffic, and everyone seems to be in so much of a hurry to reach their destination.

If you drive at twice the current legal alcohol limit, you are at least 30 times more likely to cause a road crash than a driver who has not been drinking.

 

For those caught while driving under the influence of drugs, the penalties are as severe as for those who drink and drive

How up to date are you on the latest highway code?

Visit the on line version at http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Highwaycode/DG_070289

Just why are we signalling?

 

Signals warn and inform other road users, including pedestrians  You should always

· give clear signals in plenty of time, having checked it is not misleading to signal at that time

· use them to advise other road users before changing course or direction, stopping or moving off

· cancel them after use

· make sure your signals will not confuse others.

 

We all like to think we are good drivers but what about all those others? If you have company drivers have you assessed the risks?

 

ROSPAs TOP TEN TIPS

TO  STAY WITHIN THE LIMIT

Many car drivers unintentionally exceed the speed limit, often without realising it. Modern cars are so powerful and comfortable they give drivers little sensation of their speed. It is too easy to creep above the limit, and in particular, many drivers believe it is difficult to drive a modern car at no more than 30 mph on a road with a 30 mph limit.

 

1. Check your speedometer regularly, especially when leaving high speed roads

2. Know the limits – look for signs, especially at junctions

3. Assume lamp posts mean 30 mph, until signs say otherwise, but remember it could be 20 mph

4. Remember, speed limits are a maximum, not a target

5. 20’s plenty when kids are about – and may even be too fast

6. Try no higher than 3rd gear in a 30 mph limit

7. Recognise what makes you speed – keeping up with traffic, overtaking or being tailgated

8. Concentrate – distracted drivers speed

9. Slow down when entering villages

10. Give yourself time – there’s no need to speed and you won’t get there quicker

Even a small amount above the limit makes a big difference.

Refresh your skills on a refresher driver training course

Visit the ROSPA web site for further advice and guidance