Stay Alert: UK Road Safety at risk from post-lockdown

Police and councillors are calling for post-lockdown road safety and for all road users to take extra care as roads begin to get busier again.

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From June 1st many restrictions have been eased, people can travel to their work if they are unable to work from home, some schools have reopened, exercising outdoors can be done as often as you wish and travelling to do so is also now allowed.

There has been a rise in the number of journeys being made on the roads and Phase two of Road Safety GB’s Take Extra Care campaign wants to remind and encourage road users to continue being alert as the traffic volumes increase, to protect the emergency services and to travel safely.

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Police forces have also highlighted the terrifying speeding offences that took place during the lockdown when the roads were quieter. Data has shown some drives took advantage of quieter roads to speed; the highest speed recorder was 163mph, 93 miles over the speed limit.

Drivers are being advised to be more careful and to think about vulnerable road users; especially when people have been urged to avoid public transport and instead to cycle or walk.

Furthermore, IAM RoadSmart is warning drivers and specifically mobile users to refocus on the road after weeks of using phones consistently to communicate with family and friends. Research reveals that the use of mobile phones is one of the biggest threats to road safety for nine out of 10 motorists.

Drivers and road users need to keep their full attention on the road particularly after the extended period that drivers have been off the roads.

Lastly, if you are going to use your vehicle for the first time after weeks you should check it and make sure it is safe to drive. Highways England Head of Road Safety have shared the following advice on how to thoroughly check your vehicle:

  • Check the pressure and the condition of your tyres, including the spare.
  • Check engine oil before any long journey and top up if needed.
  • Check water.
  • Check your indicators, hazard lights, headlights, fog lights, reverse lights and brake lights.
  • Check your fuel levels.

 

For more tips on how to check your vehicle follow this link.

 

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