Health & Safety
25 July 2009
Although you can not control other road users you can greatly reduce your chances of having an accident by taking the following precautions:
- Make sure you are properly rested before starting a journey.
- Before setting off check your vehicle to make sure it is fit for the road, taking special care to check the oil, lights, water levels and tyres.
- When using a hire car, make yourself familiar with its controls and adjust the seat and mirrors to suit you.
- Observe the speed limits.
- Reduce your speed to suit the road and weather conditions.
- Keep your distance from the vehicle in front, leaving at least a two second gap.
- On long journeys frequently stop before you start to lose concentration or start to feel tiredness setting in.
- Park safely, not blocking corners or junctions and not where pedestrians will have to walk into the road to pass your vehicle.
- Be considerate of other road users.
- Never drive whilst under the influence of alcohol.
Driving in the Snow
Avoid venturing out if at all possible. For those unable to delay travelling:
- Carry a blanket, spade, torch, food and drink and a mobile phone in case of a breakdown.
- Check your lights, brakes, tyres and anti-freeze before you set out.
- Clear your windscreen properly, using de-icer and scraping the screen clear.
- While driving allow at least three times the normal stopping distance.
- Allow more time for your journey in case you breakdown.
- When making a journey, telephone your destination to estimate your time of arrival. When you arrive, try to call somebody back home to let them know you have arrived safely.
- If you breakdown on a motorway, do not remain in your car, one in eight motorway deaths occur as a result of a crash on the hard shoulder.
- If you call for help from a motorway, use the emergency phone instead of a mobile, since it alerts the Police Control Centre to your whereabouts.