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:
- 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:
- The Association of British Drivers
- The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
- The Highway Code
- Road penalties
When driving on the motorways, keep a lookout for Driver Location signs provided by the Highways Agency. Keep a note of the location on the signs when you call either the emergency 999 number or the non-emergency 101 number as they quickly help locate incidents on motorways. The signs have 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
- To report debris on a motorway, call Highways Information, call 08457 50 40 30
- Driver location signs (PDF)
Drink and Drug Driving
Although there has been a 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. Find more advice here:
Driving while distracted
It is an offence to drive while using a hand-held mobile phone. Since 27 February 2007, the fixed penalty for breaking the law by using a hand-held mobile phone while driving has included the award of three penalty points plus a fine of £60.
See how you can cope with distraction by completing the Department of Transport's driving challenge:
Seat belts and child restraints
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 seat belt. You can find more information here:
- Watch Embrace Life - a Sussex Safer Roads Partnership advertisement
- DirectGov guide to seat belt use
- Think! Guide to seatbelts and child restraints (PDF)
Car crime is often thought to be committed by sophisticated high-tech criminals. In reality, most vehicle crimes are opportunistic. This means that car crime is reasonably easy to prevent. Simple measures drastically reduce the chances of having your vehicle targeted by thieves. You can find more information on car security here:
- DirectGov Guide to vehicle crime
- Which? Guide to car security
- The AA Guide to car security
- Green Flag Guide to car security
The theft of a caravan can be very immensely disruptive as well as upsetting. If it were to be stolen whilst in use, then not only would your holiday be ruined, but unisured personal items may be taken as well and the effects of crime can be multiplied. A caravan can be protected for very little cost. You can find information on caravan security here:
Plant and Equipment Theft
Plant theft is big business which can reap rich rewards for thieves. Often the equipment stolen is very expensive and owners may suffer financial repercussions. Advice on how to reduce these thefts and how to improve stolen equipment recovery rates can be found here: