Road Safety Week 2018Posted on 19th November 2018

This week is Road Safety Week by Brake Charity, the road safety charity. The aim of Road Safety Week is to inspire thousands of schools, organisations and communities to take action on the road safety and promote life saving messages during the week and beyond. It also provides a focal point for professionals working in road safety to boost awareness and engagement in their work.

 

Brake charity have come up with a ‘Pledge’, which is a six point plan to help keep yourself and others safe on the road.

 

The Six Point Plan

 

Slow

 

Slow Down Road Sign

 

Stay under limits, slow down to 20mph around schools, homes and shops to protect others, slow right down for bends, brows and bad weather, and avoid overtaking.

 

Speak out for slowing down and help drivers understand that the slower they drive, the more chance they have of avoiding a crash and saving a life.

 

Slow right down in bad weather and avoid driving at all if possible.

 

Sober

 

Don't Drink And Drive

 

Never driving after drinking any alcohol or drugs – not a drop, not a drag.

 

Plan ahead and make sure they, and anyone they’re with, can get home safely, never get a lift with drink or drug drivers and speak out if someone’s about to drive on drink or drugs.

 

Secure

 

 

Make sure everyone in their vehicle is belted upon every journey, and kids smaller than 150cm are in a proper child restraint.

 

Always belt up, and make sure friends and family do too.

 

Choose the safest vehicle possible and ensure it’s well maintained.

 

Silent

 

Distracted Driver

 

Never make or take calls, or text, when driving. Put their phone out of sight and on silent, and stay focused on the road.

 

Never chatting on the phone to someone who's driving, or distracting a driver.

 

Sharp

 

Eye Tests

 

Get their eyes tested at least every two years, or straight away if they notice a problem, and wear glasses or lenses at the wheel if they need them. They can pledge to never drive on medication that affects driving.

 

Look out for friends and loved ones by ensuring they only drive if they're fit for it.

 

Take regular breaks and never drive tired.

 

Sustainable

 

 

Minimise the amount they drive, or not drive at all, and get about by walking, cycling or public transport as much as possible, for road safety, the environment and their health.

 

Try to car share if you can, to reduce your carbon footprint and save on money.

 

We hope some of these tips and reminders helped you, a huge thank you to Brake Charity for all their useful tools and resources.

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