Road Safety week 2013 18-24 November – Employers asked to support

Road safety week 2013 starts on Monday 18th November, now in its 17th year is the UK’s biggest event for schools to promote road safety, this year employers are being asked to support.

road safety campagin 2013 tune in

Road Safety Week is the UK’s biggest road safety event, coordinated annually by the charity Brake and involving thousands of organisations, schools and communities.

Government statistics reveal five people are killed and 63 are seriously injured every day on UK roads. One in four serious road casualties are in crashes involving at-work drivers. Road death is the number one killer of young people aged 16 – 24, and the second biggest killer of under 15’s, so Road safety week has an important message for all ages!

Brake’s main theme for 2013 is ‘Tune in’. Through national and regional media, Brake will be raising awareness of the importance of tuning in to road safety and giving it our full attention – particularly if we’re at the wheel, but also when we’re walking, cycling, skating, running, you name it – to keep ourselves and each other safe.

Road Safety Week is the ideal time for organisations to get serious about at-work driver safety.

 At-work drivers are involved in a huge proportion of serious road crashes. These crashes cause terrible and preventable suffering, and they cost businesses dearly. However, we know from our long-running experience of working with employers that developing robust policies alongside a safe driving culture can make a massive difference to the safety of at-work drivers.

 

Employers can visit the Road Safety website for plenty of ideas to promote Road safety week. Last year hundreds of organisations ran road safety activities.

Driver distraction is a major cause of death and serious injury in the UK. Driving is the most dangerous thing that most of us do on a daily basis and requires your full attention, but many drivers have a sense of over-confidence and feel cocooned in their vehicles, so attempting to multi-task is common.

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

 

 

 

Tailgating is the most annoying driving habit!

Tailgating is the most annoying driving habit according to insurance firm Admiral, apparently its on the increase and males are to blame!

“Tailgating is where a driver breaks the so-called two-second rule – the road safety guideline that says motorists should maintain a two-second gap between themselves and the vehicle in front.”

Read more: http://www.confused.com/car-insurance/articles/tailgating-on-the-rise#ixzz2Evza1Gxo

Are you guilty of tailgating? There could be many reasons for tailgating, perhaps frustration at the car in front driving to slow or your late and need to be somewhere but is there really any excuse?

I find it extremely annoying when people are driving 20 mph under the speed limit for no apparent reason, its frustrating and may will add to the rise in tailgating. But on the other hand I have seen people just being plain bullies and intimidating other drivers for no reason.

Its a tough one to solve, which side of the fence do you sit on? Leave your comments below: