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Driver Distractions

Driver Distractions

Dealing with Road Traffic Collisions (RTCs) is a major part of Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service’s work. The vast majority of RTCs are caused by human error. Certain driver behaviours have been identified as being major causes of RTCs, or contributing to injuries and deaths. Help keep the roads of Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes safe by following our advice:

What NOT To Do

  • Do not use your mobile phone when driving. Pull over somewhere safe before making or taking a call
  • Do not drink and drive. If you want to have a drink, remove the question of drink driving by taking a bus or taxi, or getting a lift from a designated driver
  • Do not drive when tired. Driving whilst tired can be lethal. If you feel tired, take a break, especially on long journeys

What TO Do

  • Reduce your speed and give yourself time to react – you never know what is around the corner
  • Drive to the conditions – in wet weather, stopping distances will be at least double those required for dry roads
  • Keep your distance. Remember the two-Second Rule and leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front
  • Always wear your seatbelt and make sure that your passengers are wearing theirs
  • Regularly check the tread and pressure of your tyres and that your lights are working properly
  • Keep your windscreen fully clear and regularly check the level of your washer fluid

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