Wolverhampton - Stourbridge - Redditch

This week marks the start of Road Safety Week 2021across the UK, an event that has been taking since 1997. The annual event is coordinated by the charity Brake with the aim of raising awareness about road safety to prevent unnecessary death and injuries on the road.

In 2020 there were 1,472 fatalities in reported road traffic accidents with 22,014 of those classified as serious injuries. While that is a reduction in previous years due to the lack of road traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is still a huge number.

While newer cars have gotten smarter in the last few years with smart active features like driver assist, emergency assist, pedestrian monitoring etc, it is still important to rely on your driving skills and style to ensure that you drive safely.

With that in mind we put together some tips to ensure that you drive as safely as possible:

  • We all know it’s getting colder, and we all want that extra 5 minutes in bed during wintertime/ However, this can make you more tired and lead to you are rushing around first thing in the mornings. The best thing to do is to plan your journey accordingly and avoid rushing. The more you rush, the more prone you are to things such as speeding and accidents.
  • Always drive defensively! Winter brings plenty of hazards with it such as weather conditions, less light, and more. Be sure to keep on your toes and expect the unexpected, other drivers are likely to do some unexpected things especially during rush hour traffic.
  • Leave plenty of space between yourself and other drivers. The recommendation is a 2-second gap between yourself and the car in front. That should increase to 4 seconds if the weather starts to worsen.
  • Avoid driving when you are tired. If you must, take regular breaks and drink plenty of coffee. If you are feeling particularly drowsy avoid driving altogether. If this happens while you’re driving, pull over immediately. No smart system in any car can replace your reaction and observation times, so make sure you are driving fully awake and aware.
  • When there is a lot of traffic, drivers tend to constantly swap lanes in the hope of reaching their destination faster. This leads to people changing lanes rapidly, cutting in front of others, etc. By not giving drivers around you the time to adjust according to your signals, it could lead to an accident. Also, by rapidly changing, you may miss something like a motorcycle working its way through the traffic.
  • The weather can be somewhat unpredictable during the winter months. Even with the best planning, you may still get caught in the effects. Make sure you keep an emergency kit within your boot as it's better to be safe than sorry.
  • Have your tires checked regularly and make sure they are the right pressure. If not, be sure to use the air stations during fuel stops or alternatively pop into your local dealership.
  • Make sure you put your vehicle in for a winter service. It only costs around £20 if you book with Trust today. It will help make sure that your car is in fully working order. If not, you can get any problems taken care of while you are there. It will also mean that all your fluid etc can be topped up and changed if needed. It’ll make one less thing to worry about during one of the busiest periods of the year.
  • Get a service plan! That way you can ensure that no matter what, you can ensure that the vehicle is covered. Then if any problems arise, you won’t need to worry about expensive costs. Less stress means you can focus more on the important parts of driving.

It sounds like we are stating the obvious but it’s important to be reminded of simple checks and advice that you can undertake to improve your road safety awareness during the winter and festive periods. We are always on hand to help you if you have any concerns, so do get in touch with us.

We hope you all drive safely and take care on the roads out here!

Published: 16 Nov 2021