The governments’ website THINK! provides road safety information for all types of road users. Their aim is to encourage safer driving behaviour and to reduce road accidents and injuries.
The University of Kent are supporting Kent County Council, Kent Police, Kent Fire and Rescue and Canterbury City council in their Share the Road Campaign.
Kent County Council and Medway Council also provide useful advice on road safety. Some useful tips, guidance and statistics can be found within the relevant sections below:
- Speeding is the primary cause of accidents in urban areas. Drive slowly and carefully.
- Be wary of cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists. Let them pass if you can, leave plenty of room for them to pass you at junctions and make sure there isn't one next to you when you're about to open your car door.
- Published sources claim that 6% of all road casualties and 18% of deaths can be attributed to at least one of the parties involved being over the legal drink limit.
- In December 2003 legislation was introduced which banned the use of hand-held mobile phones while driving. Figures suggest that many people don't understand the law, and are still putting themselves at risk.
For further information visit http://www.safermotoring.co.uk
Cycling safety advice
- Before you go out on your bike, check your bike is fit for purpose. Always take the time to check your breaks and lights are working properly and that the reflectors are clean. Don't forget to check your tyre pressures and tread.
- Remember to: Cycle safely and wear a helmet, reflective clothing and use your lights. Make sure everything is in good working order.
- Be aware of your environment around you. Look out for pedestrians and give way, make sure you slow down when approaching pedestrians.Steer a wide birth and ring your bell to warn of your presence. Remember that some people are hard of heaing or visually impaired.
- Cyclists should use cycle paths or the road at all times. Pavements are for pedestrians and it is against the law to cycle on pavements. Laws HA 1835 sect 72 & R(S) A 1984, sect 129.
If you are interested in becoming a more confident cyclist, why not enrol on one of the Cycle Training, Confidence Building and Maintenance courses ran by Kent County Council.
Motorcycling safety information
BikeSafe is an initiative run by police forces around the United Kingdom.
They work with the biking world to provide detailed briefings on hazard awareness and to share their knowledge and safety advice by holding regular workshop events all over the world. Their aim is to ultimately reduce the number of motorcycle casualties caused by inexperienced bikers and help you to become a safer, more competent rider.
For further information visit the BikeSafe website