Safe Winter Driving
General Road Safety Tips
The vast majority of road traffic collisions involve some kind of driver error, such as distraction, driving too fast or too close to the car in front, or driving whilst tired or under the influence of alcohol.
So we can all help to make our roads safer by following the following advice:
- Concentrate and drive considerately at all times.
- Always wear a seatbelt and make sure all your passengers do.
- Never use your mobile phone when driving - it can distract you and it's illegal.
- Never drive if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs - this includes the morning after!
- Always stay below the speed limit and slow down in bad weather conditions.
- Keep your distance from the vehicle in front - at least a 2 second gap.
- Other road users will make mistakes so be prepared and expect to encounter different road users such as cyclists, heavy goods vehicles and motorcyclists.
- Keep your vehicle safe and road worthy.
- For detailed information on local and national weather conditions, visit the Met Office website at www.metoffice.gov.uk or listen to local radio broadcasts.
- Fleet Safety Forum: "Driver Safety in bad Weather - Guidance leaflet for fleet managers" www.fleetsafetyforum.org
- Driving Safety in Bad Weather (PDF)
- Driving in Winter Conditions - for more information on safe winter driving visit the Highways Agency Website and take the opportunity to sign up for email alerts to stay up-to-date with bad weather and travel information
- Never Drink and Drive!