Road Safety Week: 20th – 26th November 2017
Whether you’re a driver or passenger, cyclist or pedestrian, we all know what a dangerous place the roads can be and how many lives can change per year as road traffic accidents continues.
The Road Safety Week campaign is designed to raise awareness of our driving behaviour and to offer helpful, educated advice on how we can all make the roads in our villages, towns and cities safer. That’s why at Swansway Group, we’ve put together some top tips for being as safe as possible on the roads in the hopes that together, we can make them a safer place to be.
Keep 100% of your attention on driving at all times. Distractions are one of the biggest reasons road accidents happen. In 2015, road accident data found that 78% of the crashes and 65% of near crashes had one form of inattention or distraction as a contributing factor.
This is why it is so important to make sure all distractions are kept to a minimum. A distraction could be anything from your mobile phone, eating or drinking and chatting.
Speed related accidents result in around a quarter of all fatalities. Speeding is not only dangerous but significantly increases fuel consumption.
Driving at 80mph instead of the legal limit of 70mph on a motorway can increase your fuel consumption by up to 25%. The best way to avoid speeding is planning. Plan your journey out and allow enough time to complete it.
Be aware of your surroundings
40% of all road incidents are due to drivers failing to look properly. One example of why these accidents occur is the lack of appropriate observation before changing lanes.
When changing lanes not only do we have to check our mirrors but blind spots also have to be checked too. Checking the blind spots will ensure you have checked all the space around you and therefore it is safe to manoeuvre.
Mobile phones are one of the biggest distractions when driving. Using a mobile while driving can increase the risk of a collision by four times, according to several studies. It is now illegal in the UK to use your phone when driving. Therefore not only are you committing a criminal offence you are also putting yourself and everyone else on the road in great danger.
The best way you avoid the distraction of using your mobile phone is by putting it in the glove box out of reach so you won’t be tempted to pick it up. Some phones now even have “Do Not Disturb Whilst Driving” functions that can be activated to remove the temptation to use your phone.
Seat belts are there for your safety. Recent research found they are up to 50% effective at preventing fatal injuries for drivers.
The law requires you to wear a seat belt and you can be fined up to £500 if you don’t wear your seat belt at all times.
So there we are – just a few ways in which we can keep our roads safer. These are small changes that can make a big difference!