Top tips for preventing a crash:
- Think speed – speed limits are maximums – not targets, give yourself time.
- Drive to the conditions – not the speed limit, consider the impact of rain, ice and fog.
- No distractions – switch off your phone before you set off, give driving your full attention.
- Don’t drink and drive – even a small amount of alcohol can impair your driving.
- Wear a seatbelt – this vastly reduces the chances of serious injury if you are in a collision.
- Tiredness kills – take regular breaks when making long journeys.
- Remember to look – use your mirrors and look out for other road users – pedestrians, cyclists, motorbikes.
- Be visible – make sure your lights are in working order and use them.
Cleveland Fire Brigade runs the Learn & Live programme of presentations which includes a session on road safety aimed at young people and new drivers – find out more here. We also collaborate in partnership with a range of organisations to encourage a change in attitude and behaviour so that our roads are safer for all.
Even experienced drivers or the most safety-conscious pedestrians can be involved in a road crash due to the actions of others. We’re urging everyone to Look Out For Each Other so collisions can be prevented.
- Look out for each other advice on making roads safer for everyone #LookOutForEachOther
- Road Safety GB North East for more tips and advice
- Brake the road safety charity
- THINK the government’s road safety campaign
- NE Road User Casualty Dashboard – shows both local and regional injury collision statistics
- Driving for Better Business – a government-backed programme to help employers in both the private and public sectors reduce work-related road risk, decrease the associated costs and improve compliance with current legislation and guidance