This week is Road Safety Week (14 - 20 November).
We want to share some important road safety messages to help keep all road users safe this winter.
Changes to Highway Code
Everyone should be aware of the new updates to the Highway Code; this now includes a hierarchy of users and prioritises the most vulnerable road users. The new updates were implemented at the beginning of 2022, yet data published by a recent AA survey shows that over 60% of drivers have not read the updated Highway Code. You can read this in more detail in a blog by colleague Lauren Anderson here.
These changes aim to make the roads a safer place for everybody, but change cannot happen unless people are made aware of it. Pay particular attention to certain types of road users, such as those cycling or riding a horse, especially when overtaking them.
It is important for drivers to be aware of the new updates, as the rules alter the responsibility shared by every road user.
Driving in the winter
With the drop in temperatures, a change in weather and fewer hours of daylight, winter can bring an increase in road traffic accidents. This is the time of year where drivers are reminded to take extra care on the roads.
Drivers must be mindful of the change in driving conditions and always alter their driving and their vehicles accordingly. Braking can be twice as long if the road is wet and up to ten times longer if the road is icy. Research carried out by Halfords found that at least one in ten vehicles in the UK have a fault with their lights. It is therefore essential that all drivers take steps to prepare their vehicles before heading out in the winter, especially when it involves a lengthy journey.
Reminder for School Children, Parents and Staff
Take extra care for pedestrians and cyclists.
Schools begin to empty from 3pm, around the time darkness begins to fall in winter. Many school children and staff head home on foot and so drivers must be extra-vigilant. Whilst all cyclists must have a front and rear light, the darkness still makes it much more difficult for us to spot them than in the daylight.
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