Road Safety

Driving well and safely is a skill that takes much practice and often many years to hone. Drivers have a responsibility to ensure they and their vehicles are fit for the road. Do not drive if: 

  • You feel tired or unwell
  • You have been drinking alcohol
  • You are taking drugs or medicines that can make you sleepy

Make sure your vehicle is in good condition by checking your tyre pressures and making sure the tread depth is at least 1.6mm.

You can find more tips on driving and a reminder of the rules of the road and penalties here:

  • When driving on the motorways, keep a lookout for Driver Location signs (seen only in England) or distance maker posts
  • Keep a note of the location on the location sign or marker post when you call either the emergency 999 number or the non-emergency 101 number as they quickly help locate incidents on motorways
  • The signs and posts help pinpoint road locations by identifying the motorway route you are travelling on, the direction you are travelling in and the distance in kilometres from the start of the motorway.
  • To report road traffic incidents or collisions, call 999 
  • Although there has been significant success in reducing the number of people killed in drink and drug drive related collisions over the last 15 years, drink driving remains a serious, life threatening issue
  • The legal limit for driving is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. There is no fail-safe guide as to how much you can drink and stay under the limit. Any alcohol, even a small drink will impair driving ability
  • Getting rid of alcohol is a much slower process requiring hours rather than minutes. There is no way of speeding up alcohol elimination. A person can still be over the legal limit the morning after an evening's drinking
  • If you take drugs and drive you may also be guilty of an offence. The Police can require you to conduct  a Field Impairment Assessment which consists of a series of  coordination tests or a Drugs Swab Test where a swab of saliva or sweat is taken to detect the presence of drugs.  If you fail the test you will be arrested and taken to the Police Station where further tests and a medical examination carried out.  For more information and advice on banned drugs please use the below link
  • It is an offence to drive while using a hand-held mobile phone. Since March 2017, the fixed penalty for breaking the law by using a hand-held mobile phone while driving has included the award of six penalty points, plus a fine of £200

 See how you can cope with distraction by completing the Department of Transport's driving challenge:

Department of Transport Driving Challenge

  • Wearing a seatbelt in a vehicle has been mandatory since 1983 and can avoid serious injury for both the driver and passenger. In a crash at 30mph, if you are unrestrained, you will hit the front seat, and anyone in it, with a force of between 30 and 60 times your own body weight. Any award for damages following an accident may be reduced if you were not wearing a seatbelt 

You can find more information here:

DirectGov guide to seat belt use