Stay Safe this Winter - Get Road Sense!
With the dark nights and potentially treacherous driving conditions of winter, Carrentals.co.uk promotes Road Sense to encourage all drivers to take extra care on the roads.
Here we give you some sobering facts and figures on road safety, covering everything from speeding to mobile phone use….
Driver sleepiness is estimated to account for around one fifth of accidents on major roads.
On average, nearly nine people die every day on Britain's roads.
Around 11,500 children were killed or injured on British roads in 2007 as pedestrians, cyclists or car passengers.
A dangerous fact is that 55% of drivers admit to exceeding the speed limit a little every day – if everyone reduces their speed and observes the speed limits the roads will be safer.
Speed really does matter - You are more likely to kill a pedestrian driving at 40mph than 30mph, and if you hit a pedestrian at 20 mph, the pedestrian has a 95% chance of survival.
72% of crashes where people are killed or injured happen on roads where the speed limit is 40mph or less (RCGB 2005).
The fine for using a mobile phone was increased from £30 to £60 in February 2007, with three points also put on your licence.
Be aware you can also be prosecuted for mobile phone use while using a hands-free device if you aren’t in proper control of the vehicle
Research shows that if you are using a mobile phone while driving, you are four times more likely to have a crash.
In fact, researchers found that if you use hands free or a hand held mobile, reaction times are worse than if you drive under the influence of alcohol. Tests showed that for drivers using a hand-held phone, reactions slow by 50% compared to normal driving and by 30% when compared to being drunk (Direct Line Mobile Phone Report 2002).
If you’re out cycling, be aware it is against the law to cycle at night without a white front light, a red back light and a red reflector at the back. Make sure all bikes are properly maintained and all lights and reflectors are working to ensure you are seen.
According to THINK! traffic is the single biggest cause of accidental death for 12-16 year olds. In 2005, 46 teens aged 11-16 were killed as pedestrians on Britain's roads along with 1,407 serious injuries and 6,013 slight injuries.
If you drive for work – drive carefully. Estimates state that around 200 road deaths and serious injuries every week involve someone who is at work - or an estimated one third of all crashes involve somebody who was at work at the time.