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Safe driving tips


When did you last have your eyes tested?

More than 90% of the information needed to drive comes from the eyes but many drivers on the roads today are unaware that they are at risk. Eyesight can get worse at any time and can not only affect driving skills directly, but also can result in tiredness and headaches. All of these can be a danger on the road.

Follow the link for more information on rules regarding driving and eyesight.

Mobile Phones

Using a mobile phone, sat nav or any similar device whilst driving means that the driver’s attention is distracted from the road. Studies show that drivers using a hands-free or handheld mobile phone are slower at reacting to hazards. Even careful drivers can be distracted by a call or text – and a split-second lapse in concentration could result in a crash.

For more information on the law and penalties follow the links.

Seat Belts

Always wear a seatbelt. In a crash you’re twice as likely to die if you don’t. Not wearing a seatbelt can be a fatal decision even on short, familiar journeys and at low speeds. Wear your seatbelt correctly so it can offer you the best possible protection in a crash.

For more information on the law and seatbelts follow the links below.

Child car seats – the law. Follow this link for information on using a child car seat or booster seat when carrying children.

Stopping Distances

Drive at a speed that will allow you to stop well within the distance you can see to be clear. You should leave enough space between you and the vehicle in front so that you can pull up safely if it suddenly slows down or stops. Allow at least a two-second gap between you and the vehicle in front on roads carrying faster-moving traffic.

The gap should be at least doubled on wet roads and increased still further on icy roads. Remember, large vehicles and motorcycles need a greater distance to stop.

Download ‘Typical stopping distances’ (PDF, 124KB)

Horse Riding

Car drivers and horse riders both have a right to use the road. By considering each others' needs and following some basic advice, drivers and riders can help avoid accidents involving horses on the road.

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