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RAM's top tips for Road Safety Week 2012

Road Safety Week is a global event which aims to stop carnage on the countries roads by highlighting the importance of safety to drivers and other road users. According to a recent study, West Yorkshire has one of the highest rates of roads accidents, with 7,995 people being involved in a road related incident, resulting in injury or death last year. 

Road Safety Week endeavours to raise awareness of the dangers on Britain’s roads and we can all make efforts to increase our safety on the road and in turn this will increase the safety of those around us. Here are some of RAM’s top tips on how to improve your road safety:

SLOW DOWN – Speed restrictions have been enforced for a reason, do not exceed the speed limit, you will only be putting yourself and other road users in danger. Plan your journeys, leaving plenty of time for any possible delays, to ensure you are never tempted to speed up!

TAKE A BREAK – The National Highways Traffic Safety Administration estimates of the 100,000 police-reported crashes each year, 1,500 of the fatalities are as a result of drivers falling asleep at the wheel. Take regular breaks, stopping off at service stations to rest, tiredness when driving kills; do not put yourself or others at risk. 

BE AWARE – Awareness of what is going on around you, is a key driving skill and will make you a safer road user. Watch out for pedestrians, children, cyclists and other motor vehicles such as motorbikes. You might be sure of your behaviour, but you cannot predict the actions of others, always be prepared to react.

BELT UP – All passengers should be wearing a seatbelt. During a collision, a rear seat passenger not wearing a seatbelt can kill or seriously injure the driver or other front seat passenger. Never assume you do not need to wear a seatbelt, it is there for a reason and can make the difference between life and death in serious accident.

KEEP YOUR DISTANCE – Keeping your distance from the vehicle in front is a practice we all learning whilst learning to drive, but can quickly forget. Leaving a minimum of a two second gap between you and the vehicle in front will allow the necessary braking distance you need, reducing your chances of a collision.

DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE – Now this goes without saying but still each year approximately 16,000 people are killed in alcohol related crashes. If you even need to question whether or not you are fit to drive, do not get in your car. In the UK, the alcohol limit for drivers is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood or 35mg per 100ml of breath. If there is any uncertainty to how much you can consume within the legal limit, in our opinion, don’t take the risk at all!

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