• Road Safety Week 2020 runs between 16-22nd November.
  • We caught up with Traffic Sergeant Paul Cording on some key safety tips when using the roads.

It’s Road Safety Week 2020 – an annual event aimed at inspiring thousands of schools, organisations and communities to take action on road safety and promote life-saving messages.

We caught up with Paul Cording, Traffic Sergeant for North Yorkshire Roads Policing Group, and got some key tips for staying safe on the roads:

1. Check your vehicle is road worthy

With a lot of cars left unused for long periods during lockdown, it can be easy for small issues to arise as soon as you pop out for a rare drive!

Make sure your vehicle is fit to drive using the ‘FLOWER’ system: Fuel, Lights, Oil, Water, Electrics, Rubber.

Sgt Paul Cording said:

“Check your vehicle is road worthy, but also on top of that, make sure you are road worthy. If you know you’re going on a long journey, make sure you haven’t been out the night before and taken a lot of alcohol on board.

“Make sure you’ve had sufficient sleep – if you’re going on a particularly long journey, perhaps plan in some breaks. Just make sure you’re thinking ahead that both yourself and your vehicle are fit for the journey ahead.”

Check your car is road worthy

Check your car is road worthy, particularly before taking any long journeys.

2. Drive to the conditions

It’s the time of year when it gets darker a lot earlier in the day and the weather is often cold and wet, so make sure you’re visible at all times and drive to the conditions.

Whether you’re a pedestrian, dog walker, horse rider, cyclist or even on the road as a motorist, make sure you have working lights and can be clearly seen in the dark.

Sgt Paul Cording added:

“People often see a speed limit and sometimes think it’s a target, when clearly it isn’t. 60mph on a national road when it’s dry and sunny might be perfectly safe, but if it’s driving rain and blowing a hooley then 60mph isn’t a particularly safe speed.

“It’s about driving appropriately to the conditions.”

Driving in rain

It’s getting dark earlier in the day and the weather is often wet and windy – drive to the conditions.

3. Be wary of the ‘Fatal 4’

  • Inappropriate Speed – Stick to the speed limit, it’s there for a reason.
  • Drink and Drug Driving – A big no-no that puts others as well as yourself at risk.
  • Seatbelts – Over a third of car occupants killed in road crashes are not wearing a seatbelt.
  • Mobile phones – Driving requires your full attention, checking that one notification could prove fatal.
Dont use your phone at the wheel

Do not use your phone at the wheel – checking that one notification could prove fatal.

Sgt Paul Cording added:

“Driving takes 100% concentration, keep your eyes on the road and not on your phone.

“It’s a privilege to be able to drive and not a right, we want people to keep their licenses and stay safe on the roads.”

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