We’ve put these tips together to help you to stay safe whilst driving on the roads.

Seatbelts

It is a legal requirement to wear a seatbelt whether you are a driver or a passenger. In addition to being a legal requirement, it is also makes sense from a road safety perspective. The driver must ensure any passengers under the age of 14 year wear their seatbelts and from 14 years of age, the passenger is responsible for wearing their seatbelt. Wearing a seatbelt could mean the difference between life and death if you are involved in road traffic collision so it vital to wear one even on a short journey.

Mobile phones

Not only is it illegal to drive and use a mobile, either to make a phone call or to text, it is also dangerous and could cause a collision. Using a mobile phone while driving means that you are distracted and not concentrating on your driving. The advice is to leave your phone alone by turning it off or placing it somewhere out of reach so you are not tempted to use it. If you do have to check your messages or make a phone call, pull over and stop the car when it is safe to do so and use the phone then.

Other distractions

There are many other distractions in the car that can affect the driver’s concentration and focus. These include changing tracks on a personal music device or car stereo, inputting information onto a sat nav, eating or drinking, and many others. Passengers can also be very distracting to the driver especially if they are noisy or encourage the driver to drive in a certain way, for example, to speed up because they’re running late.

It’s really important for passengers to be aware of how they can distract the driver and the effect that has on the driver’s focus. There are simple things that a passenger can do to avoid being a distraction and ensure the driver concentrates on their driving. These include changing music tracks or replying to a text message on the driver’s behalf, encouraging the driver to drive safely and not making too much noise.

For more advice on safe driving, check the Highway Code.