Staying Safe on the Roads
Follow this advice to help stay safe on the roads
You can help to make our roads safer by following this advice. More information is available here.
- The national speed limit is not a target - in some road conditions, even driving at the speed limit could be too fast. Factors that affect road conditions include fog, rain and traffic flow.
- Be aware of unexpected hazards on rural roads, such as blind bends, vehicles coming out of junctions, and animals on the road.
- Never use your mobile phone when driving. Pull over somewhere safe before making or taking a call.
- Always wear your seatbelt, and make sure your passengers are wearing theirs.
- Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive - and there is no foolproof way of drinking and staying under the limit. You could be over the legal limit many hours after your last drink, even if it's the morning after.
- If you're planning to drink alcohol, work out how to get home without driving. Options include agreeing on a designated driver, saving a taxi number to your phone or finding out about public transport routes and times before you go out.
- Don't offer alcohol to someone you know is planning to drive, and don't accept a lift from a driver you know has drunk alcohol.
- Driving while under the influence of drugs is extremely dangerous. The penalties are the same as for drink-driving.
- Keep your distance - remember the two-second rule, and leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front.
- If you are feeling tired, take a break, especially on long journeys.
- Look out for for motorcyclists and cyclists - it is not easy to judge their speed, and they can be hidden from view behind a tree, lamppost or bend.
- In wet weather, stopping distances will be at least double those required for stopping on dry roads.
- Regularly check the tread and pressure of your tyres, that all your lights work, and the condition of your windscreen and wipers.
- Store luggage securely in your vehicle - loose items can become lethal objects when braking.