The law requires us to look after ourselves and to take reasonable steps to ensure good road safety in all possible situations. It is because of principles like this that we are legally required to pass a driving test, to purchase motor insurance and to abide by road laws such as speed limits. With this in mind, it is worth having a think about how we can prevent road accidents from happening in the first place.
A good place to start is the website of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA). The UK-leading safety organisation highlights five driving habits that are responsible for a disproportionate number of UK road traffic accidents. Avoid the risks and behaviours listed below and you can help make Scotland's roads a safer place:
- Speeding – breaking the speed limit was implicated in 215 road fatalities in 2019, while 133 deaths occurred because a driver was travelling too fast for the conditions.
- Drink driving – 117 people were killed in 2019 because the driver was impaired by alcohol, while 82 died because the driver was impaired by drugs or medication.
- Not wearing a seatbelt – ROSPA estimates that around 200 lives could be saved each year if we all wore seatbelts.
- Careless driving – careless driving, reckless driving and being in a hurry were recorded as a contributory factor in over 264 fatal car accidents in 2019.
- Inexperience – insurance figures show that young male drivers aged 17 to 20 years old nearly ten times as likely to be killed or seriously injured in RTAs than other drivers.
Make a Pledge
Road safety charity Brake recognises the reality of being in charge of a fast-moving and heavy vehicle: it can be dangerous both to you and your passengers as well as other road users around you.
Brake also accepts that all drivers have a responsibility to avoid danger and prevent harm. It says that there are some steps we can all take to reduce our chances of being involved in a road accident. These steps are included in its Make a Pledge six-point road safety plan.
As part of the Make a Pledge plan, all drivers undertake to do the following:
- To drive slowly
- To be sober behind the wheel
- To stay secure using seat belts and child seats, and ensure good vehicle maintenance
- To stay silent and avoid distractions
- To be sharp and alert and to avoid stress
- To be sustainable by only driving when necessary
Advanced driver courses
Whether your chief motivation is to become a safer driver or whether you just wish to become a better and more confident driver, taking an Institute of Advanced Motorist advanced driver training course may be the perfect choice for you.
IAM driver courses are quality assured by the DSA (Driving Standards Agency) and draw on the experience and skills of the nation's best instructors to improve the abilities and driving standards of participants, helping them quickly adapt to a range of situations.
Additionally, drivers who pass a test with the IAM are eligible to get an insurance quote from IAM's insurer, which claims to be able to offer cheaper insurance in 93% of cases.
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