Drive safely during the world cup, Cheshire police on a crack down!

The World Cup starts today 12th June until the final scheduled on the 13th July. During this time Cheshire Police have issued warnings that they will be cracking down on drink driving as well as disorderly behaviour! world cup logo

Roads Policing Inspector Richard Hill said: “During the World Cup we will have extra officers on patrol, and as part of their duties they will be looking out for anyone who they suspect drinking and driving.

“We’re advising fans who are planning to go out and have a drink whilst they watch the match to look at walking, taking a taxi or nominating a designated driver amongst their friends.”

 

While I do not believe anyone reading this blog will intentionally set out to drink drive, its very easy to get caught up in the atmosphere and have just ‘one more’. Motorists will also have to be aware of driving ‘the morning after’. Due to the time difference many matches will be played later in the evening, potentially you could still be over the legal limit the next morning even though you may have had a few hours sleep.

Police in conjunction with Cheshire Road Safety Group (CSRG) which comprises Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Cheshire Police and The Highways Agency and Halton, Warrington, Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East Borough Councils, have launched a series of events across Cheshire to highlight the dangers of drink driving. The events will feature the ‘Think′ car − a vehicle involved in a road traffic collision – which has been donated by the Wilson family to Cheshire Police to illustrate the potential risks of drink driving.

Visit Cheshire Today for a list of the drink driving awareness events.

England’s first match of the World Cup will be against Uruguay on the 19th June. Have an enjoyable, but responsible World Cup, fingers crossed we don’t go out on penalty’s!! Top Cars are always just a phone call away, do not take the risk and drink and drive!

Has in-car technology such as sat navs made driving less safe?

Has in-car technology such as sat navs, integrated phones and touchscreens made you a better or worse driver?

Driving with sat nav

Image source: http://blogs.loughboroughecho.net

We are surrounded by technology in our cars these days and while no one is saying sat nav isn’t a great invention, should we rely on it 100%? Are driving skills such as reading road signs and maps a thing of the past? I was on a car journey with a member of the younger generation (I remember driving before sat navs!) and they wouldn’t deviate from the driving instructions given by the sat nav!

“I don’t know this area so I am doing what the sat nav says!!”

I knew my route would be around 30 mins less but it seems we let common sense fly out the window. We rely heavily on the little black box or smart phone app at the expense of learning important driving skills.

We drive down lanes where it’s pretty obvious we shouldn’t go because “the sat nav said so”. We ignore road signs that have stood the test of time, again, “because the sat nav said so”.

Does in car technology make driving safer?

The RAC’s 2013 annual report on motoring found drivers split on whether sat navs have made driving more safe or less so.

Almost a third of motorists polled - 30 per cent - agreed sat navs had made driving more safe.

But 23 per cent of motorists said they thought that sat navs had made driving riskier.

According to the report 70% of you agree that in-car technology is distracting and is dangerous while driving. The worrying trend is that drivers using in-car technology is on the rise, while this be reflected in accident rate?

What do you think? Has in-car technology such as sat navs, integrated phones and touchscreens made driving less safe?

source: http://www.confused.com/news-views/blogs/blog-are-sat-navs-a-driving-distraction

 

 

 

Would you help a drunk driver into his car?

I was surprised to watch this video from Confused.com, an actor is pretending to be drunk to see how many people will offer assistance for him to get into the car.  2/3 thirds helped him on his way!

Would you?

 

A consultation has recently taken place which proposes changes to enforcement procedures against drink drivers and other offenders. The results aren’t in yet but they are expected to include:

  • the withdrawal of the ‘statutory option’
  • changes as to when preliminary breath tests are needed
  • changes to the testing procedures in hospital
  • changes to who can assess whether someone is under the influence of drugs
  • amendments to the regimes for aviation, rail and shipping which mirror the road regime
Do you think we will ever reach a time when we will ban drinking while driving? What’s your opinion?

Driving home this winter, be safe this Christmas!

It’s getting to that time of year again, Christmas is round the corner and we are preparing for winter driving conditions. We want you to be safe this Christmas so here are a few tips you should follow to make sure you car is road worth this winter, apparently they are forecasting a cold one!

In bad weather do you really need to travel? (The first point they always make on news reports!) I am guessing the answer is yes otherwise you wouldn’t bother! So the key here is preparation! Follow these tips:

  • Make sure your windows are free of snow and ice, every window! Listening to asnow windscreen police officer give a road safety talk a few weeks ago, he was showing pictures of motorists with little more than a port-hole to see out of!
  • If possible don’t travel alone especially on a long journey, obviously sometimes this can’t be avoided so at least tell someone your expected route and arrival time!
  • Before setting out, you’d be well served to put together a Christmas car-journey survival kit. The IAM (Driving advice – Driving Road safety) recommends taking a high-visibility jacket and a torch, just in case you break down and need to step out on to the hard shoulder to make repairs or thumb a ride from a tow truck. If you take regular medication, then you should, of course, have enough of the necessary pills with you.
  • Make sure you charge your mobile phone and take an in car charger!
  • Avoid country roads, plan a route with main roads as they are likely to be kept clear and you will be easier to get to if something happens!
  • If its along journey take some supplies, coat, hats, blankets, hot drinks and food!
  • Adjust your driving for conditions, snow and ice require longer breaking distances but try not to stop, pull of in second gear if needed.
You can get a free guide about driving in winter conditions from http://www.drivingadvice.org.uk/free-winter-driving-guide
Stay safe!