5 ways to make your road trips safer

Road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is encouraging all road users to make use of five tips that will reduce risk on their journeys.

The call comes in the week that road safety organisations across Europe came together for Project EDWARD, the European Day Without a Road Death, last year.

GEM road safety officer Neil Worth comments: “The vast majority of accident victims are innocent, hard-working individuals who most likely have set out on a normal day to do the same sort of things they did last week, and the week before… yet they lose their lives in a collision. Along with the organisers of Project EDWARD, we believe that if every road user would commit to making small changes, then the road safety improvements will be huge and we really can achieve big reductions in the number of people who are killed or seriously injured.”

GEM’s five driver safety tips for Project EDWARD:

  1. Always wear a seatbelt, even on the shortest journeys. And ensure everyone in the car with you wears a seatbelt. Wearing a seatbelt reduces the risk of death by 45 per cent for drivers and front seat occupants, and reduces the risk of serious injury by 50 per cent.

  2. Make a point of always knowing the speed limits, and sticking to them. Inappropriate speed accounts for nearly a quarter of collisions which result in death.

  3. Get an eye test. Good eyesight is essential for safe driving, so if you haven’t had your eyes checked in the past 12 months, make a point of booking a professional vision test.

  4. Stay alert, throughout your journey. Banish dangerous distractions such as mobile phones, and ensure you take regular breaks on long journeys.

  5. Spare a thought for others: be courteous and hold back if it might help another driver, a cyclist, pedestrian or other road user. And if your good turn isn’t acknowledged, don’t bear a grudge!

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