Don’t forget that this week is Road Safety Week, the largest road safety event in the UK coordinated each year by the road safety charity, Brake.
The theme for this year is Make the Brake Pledge which encourages us all to do 6 simple things: slow, sober, secure,silent, sharp and sustainable.
The explanations for these 6 pledges I have taken from their website and are listed below:
Drivers – I’ll stay under limits, and slow down to 20mph around schools, homes and shops to protect others. I’ll slow right down for bends, brows and bad weather, and avoid overtaking. Everyone – I’ll speak out for slowing down and help drivers understand that the slower they drive, the more chance they have of avoiding a crash and saving a life.
Drivers – I’ll never drive after drinking any alcohol or drugs – not a drop, not a drag. Everyone – I’ll plan ahead to make sure I, and anyone I’m with, can get home safely and I’ll never get a lift with drink/drug drivers. I’ll speak out if someone’s about to drive on drink or drugs.
Drivers – I’ll make sure everyone in my vehicle is belted up on every journey, and kids smaller than 150cm are in a proper child restraint. I’ll choose the safest vehicle I can and ensure it’s maintained. Everyone – I’ll belt up on every journey, and make sure friends and family do too.
Drivers – I’ll stay focussed on safe driving. I’ll take regular breaks and never drive if I’m tired, stressed or on medication that affects driving. I’ll get my eyes tested every two years and wear glasses or lenses at the wheel if I need them. Everyone – I’ll look out for friends and loved ones by ensuring they only drive if they’re fit for it, and rest if they’re tired.
Everyone – I’ll minimise the amount I drive, or not drive at all. I’ll get about by walking, cycling or public transport as much as I can, for road safety, the environment and my health.
Five people every day die on our roads, so anything we can do support this week and raise awareness will help make our roads safer for everyone.