Fact, you are twice as likely to die in a crash if you don’t wear a seatbelt than wearing a seat belt. In 2007 nearly 300 lives would almost certainly have been saved if everyone in the car had been wearing a belt. Roughly, that's one life a day!
For this reason, by law you must wear a seatbelt in cars and goods vehicles where one is fitted.
All phone calls distract from driving. Research shows that using a mobile phone while driving means you are four times more likely to crash.
It is illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone or similar device while driving. The automatic penalty is £60 and 3 penalty points. You can also be prosecuted for using a handsfree phone or similar device if you are distracted and not in proper control of the vehicle.
You should switch off your phone whilst driving and check your messages when you arrive at your destination.
Callers also play an important role. If you call or text someone on their mobile phone who turns out to be driving when they answer, say you'll contact them later and hang up. 2
Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive. There is no foolproof way of drinking and staying under the limit, or of knowing how much an individual person can drink and still drive safely. The only safe option is not to drink alcohol if you plan to drive, and never offer an alcoholic drink to someone else who is intending to drive. 3
Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive. There is no foolproof way of drinking and staying under the limit, or of knowing how much an individual person can drink and still drive safely. The only safe option is not to drink alcohol if you plan to drive, and never offer an alcoholic drink to someone else who is intending to drive. 5
Young riders rank amongst the highest in road crash statistics. If you want to ride a moped or scooter on the road you must complete a Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course to validate your provisional licence. You can also undertake additional training to improve your skills.
Always wear a helmet and protective gear, even if you're planning to travel only a short distance.
Remember it is important to make yourself visible to other road users Buy the best gear you can afford and make certain that it fits properly. Dealers can show you how to ensure you're getting a helmet that fits correctly, so that your head is protected in case of a crash. 7
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Remember, a speed limit is exactly that, a limit - not a target. Drive at a speed appropriate to the conditions of the road, and consider other road users.
In wet weather, stopping distances will be at least double those required for stopping on dry roads. This is because your tyres have less grip on the road.
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