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.
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.
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. www.gov.uk/child-car-seats-the-rules
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.
Car drivers and horse riders both have a right to use the road.
Last updated: 20 June 2019