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Staying safe on the road

Improving safety on our roads remains a priority.

Whether you’re a driver, biker, cyclist or pedestrian, you should always consider the safety of yourself and those around you when heading out on the road.

Driving safety

To help avoid unnecessary collisions, always;

  • wear a seatbelt - gov.uk seat belts law
  • drive with caution by the conditions of the road
  • reduce your speed if it’s icy, snowing or raining
  • be aware of other road users
  • keep lights, mirrors and windows clean and clear
  • ensure your windscreen wipers are working
  • make sure your tyre tread and pressure are correct
  • remain a safe distance away from the vehicle in front - Gov.uk vehicle driving distance information
  • don't drive tired - GOV.UK the effects of driving tired
  • consider the ‘fatal four’ most common causes of road deaths; always wear your seatbelt, don’t speed, don’t drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol and don’t use your mobile whilst driving.

Pedestrian safety

Pededstrians can be vulnerable road users - Pedestrian safety on gov.uk. To help keep yourself safe, consider;

  • wearing high visibility or bright clothing to make sure you can be seen by other road users
  • the Highway Code
  • using traffic islands, zebra crossings and other safe places to cross roads.

Motorbike safety

The main cause of collisions involving motorcyclists are;

  • bends – ensure your speed is appropriate to prevent losing control
  • overtaking – doing this on the approach to junctions or driveways should be avoided and always expect vehicles to turn right without warning
  • junctions - look for vehicles pulling out from side roads and entering roundabouts - be prepared to stop and take action.

More information on motorcyclist safety for riders and other drivers can be found on THINK.direct.govand the Bikesafe website.

Cycle safety

As a cyclist, you should always consider taking the following precautions;

  • wearing high visibility or bright clothing to make sure you can be seen by other road users
  • having lights on the front and back of your cycle as it is illegal to ride in the dark without them
  • wearing a cycle helmet, it could save your life
  • obeying the Highway Code for cyclists.

Further advice and information about bike safety is available on the BikeSafe website.

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