Road Safety Tips
This page from HomeApproved brings together many different sources to provide an overview of the best advice and tips for keeping safe on the roads. Applicable to all drivers the rules and laws of safe and sensible driving need to be heeded at all times. FACT: Nine people die every day on UK roads and ten times as many are seriously injured.
Right from the outset we recommend you visit the THINK! Road Safety web site. You will find news of the latest Government campaigns and road safety advice to keep everyone safer on the UK’s roads. Download leaflets, fact sheets and posters for more information and there are links to other sites you might find useful.
Advanced driver training can provide motorists with a greater repertoire of skills and and make them more aware of what they can do to reduce the risk of being involved in a crash. A RoSPA Advanced Test is the ultimate achievement in on-road driving, ensuring that the effort and skills attained are independently measured and appropriately rewarded.
The RoSPA Advanced Test lasts for one and a half hours, and is conducted on all types of roads by Police Class One drivers or riders. Passes are graded Gold, Silver and Bronze and a pass at any level places the successful candidate in the classification of well above average.
Brake’s Pledge to Drive Safely is a simple twelve-point plan that all drivers can follow to stay safe on the roads. The twelve Pledge to Drive Safely topics are:
• Belt Up – front and back and ensure children are correctly restrained
• Slow Up – abide by limits and only overtake if totally safe
• Wake Up – never drive tired and take breaks every two hours on long journeys
• Sober Up – ‘just say no’ to alcohol and drugs if driving
• Look Up – look out for people on bikes, horses and foot
• Wise Up – if it’s night, bright, or bad weather, go slower
• Buck Up – calm yourself before driving if stressed, angry or excited
• Move Up – adjust head restraints so the top is no lower than the top of your head to help prevent whiplash
• Sharpen Up – wear glasses or lenses if you need them
• Shut Up – switch your phone to voice mail
• Back Up – from the vehicle in front – it’s your braking space in a crisis
• Check Up – check brakes, tyres, lights mirrors and windows
The bottom line is to get more from your driving, create a safer environment on the roads for you, pedestrians, cyclists, motorbike riders, and other motorists, and lastly but importantly to keep building a healthy No Claims Bonus to take advantage of the lower car insurance premiums given to safe drivers.