To mark this year’s Road Safety Week (16-22 November), the council’s road safety team has shared some top tips in line with the latest theme ‘No Need to Speed’.
National charity, Brake, set this year’s theme as someone is injured on a UK road every four minutes, and vehicle speed plays a part in every crash.
Whether walking to school, driving to work or cycling to keep healthy - the speed of traffic matters for everyone’s safety. In a crash, 1mph can mean the difference between life and death.
Our road safety team’s top tips include:
- Know the speed limit
Check your speedometer regularly and look out for speed limit signs at junctions as well as repeater signs to ensure you are still doing the correct speed for that area. Speed limits are always maximum speed for the area and doesn’t mean it’s always safe to drive at this speed.
The Highways Code advises that unless there are signs showing otherwise, roads with streetlights usually have a limit of 30mph.
- Use the two-second rule
Travelling at a higher speed increases your stopping distance (the distance a driver needs to react and stop safely in time) if you do need to apply the brakes unexpectedly.
Always leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you.
One way that you can do this is to use the two-second rule and leave at least a two-second gap between you and the vehicle in front.
- Take note of the weather
Weather conditions like rain and snow will further increase your stopping distances so to help keep yourself and others safe, reduce your speed so that you can remain in control of the vehicle.
If using the two-second rule, you should double this so that you have a four-second gap between you and the vehicle in front on wet roads and longer on icy roads.
- Give yourself extra time
Plan ahead and give yourself extra time for any journeys. Any changes to the weather can mean that your journey takes longer so if you have already allowed for this, it shouldn’t affect your arrival time and you will be less likely to speed in the rush to get to your destination.
As Wirral, along with the rest of the nation, continues to deal with the effects of coronavirus, it is easy to get distracted and let our minds drift. Before setting off on a journey, take some time to think and take care of anything you need to. Then once you set off, you can concentrate fully on the road ahead.
Every time we drive too fast, we increase the risk of ourselves, our family, friends, loved ones or others getting hurt in a crash.
For more information on speed and how to stay safe on our roads, visit the Brake website.