Top tips for drivers

Don't use your mobile phone whilst driving

Making or receiving a call, even using a hands-free mobile phone, can distract your attention from driving and could lead to a collision. 

It is illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone when driving, even if you are stopped at traffic lights, or in queuing traffic. You will receive a fine and penalty points on your licence. Points can mean higher insurance costs and can lead to disqualification.

Belt up in the car

In a collision, an unbelted passenger can kill or seriously injure the driver or another passenger. Insist that everyone belts up in the car. Wear your seatbelt even on the shortest journeys.

Don't drink and drive

Any alcohol, even a small amount, can impair your driving, so be a safe driver - don't drink and drive. For more information on the dangers of drinking and driving, visit Think Road Safety.

Slow down

At 35mph you are twice as likely to kill someone you hit as at 30mph. Slow down in residential areas as many are now 20mph zones. Make sure you look out for the signs. Read more about speed.


Children often act impulsively so take extra care outside schools, close to parks, near buses and ice cream vans, when they might be around.

Take a break

Tiredness is thought to be a major factor in more than 10% of road collisions. Plan to stop for at least a 15-minute break every 2 hours on a long journey.

Look out for motorcycles

Watch out for bikers, especially when pulling out of a junction. Observe and anticipate other road users, use your mirrors regularly and don't forget to glance into your blind area before altering your course.

Use child seats

Child and baby seats must be fitted properly and checked before every trip.

Keep your distance

Always keep a two second gap between you and the car in front.

This page was last updated on 24 November 2016

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