Today marks the final day of BRAKE Charity’s Road Safety Week campaign. This annual campaign involves a number of events at schools and businesses across the country.
Each year, BRAKE picks out a theme for the campaign. This year, that’s Make the Pledge – and they’re challenging drivers, passengers and other road users to follow six simple rules for the road. The Pledge will help create safer drivers by encouraging good driving habits and discouraging dangerous or inappropriate behaviour.
Here’s the Pledge for Road Safety Week 2016. You can click here to make the Pledge yourself. At Safedrive, we’ve already signed up!
Drivers – I’ll stay under limits, and slow down to 20mph around schools, homes and shops to protect others. I’ll slow right down for bends, brows and bad weather, and avoid overtaking.
Everyone – I’ll speak out for slowing down and help drivers understand that the slower they drive, the more chance they have of avoiding a crash and saving a life.
Drivers – I’ll never drive after drinking any alcohol or drugs – not a drop, not a drag.
Everyone – I’ll plan ahead to make sure I, and anyone I’m with, can get home safely and I’ll never get a lift with drink/drug drivers. I’ll speak out if someone’s about to drive on drink or drugs.
Drivers – I’ll make sure everyone in my vehicle is belted up on every journey, and kids smaller than 150cm are in a proper child restraint. I’ll choose the safest vehicle I can and ensure it’s maintained.
Everyone – I’ll belt up on every journey, and make sure friends and family do too.
Drivers – I’ll never take or make calls, read or type when driving. I’ll put communication devices out of reach, and stay focussed on the road.
Everyone – I’ll never chat on the phone to someone else who’s driving.
Drivers – I’ll stay focussed on safe driving. I’ll take regular breaks and never drive if I’m tired, stressed or on medication that affects driving. I’ll get my eyes tested every two years and wear glasses or lenses at the wheel if I need them.
Everyone – I’ll look out for friends and loved ones by ensuring they only drive if they’re fit for it, and rest if they’re tired.
Everyone – I’ll minimise the amount I drive, or not drive at all. I’ll get about by walking, cycling or public transport as much as I can, for road safety, the environment and my health.