Road safety advice

1. Safe driving tips


Eyesight can get worse at any time and can not only affect driving skills directly, but also can result in tiredness.


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.


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.

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. 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.


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Last updated: 20 June 2019

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