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The life-saving New Year’s resolution every driver should make

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January is the perfect time to make safety your number one priority on road journeys, says GEM Motoring Assist.

The breakdown and road safety organisation is encouraging everyone – drivers, riders and pedestrians – to think about how they can reduce risks when they’re travelling.

“This is the time most of us give some thought to the changes we might make,” explains GEM road safety adviser James Luckhurst.

“So why not include a road safety New Year’s resolution and seek to make better, wiser choices about how we use the roads in 2024?

“By doing do, we are immediately improving safety and reducing the risk of harm, both to ourselves and to everyone else around us on journeys.

“This would help reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured in avoidable collisions on our roads each year.”

In 2022 there were 1,766 deaths and 28,941 serious injuries in the UK – a 10% increase on 2021.

Four road safety suggestions for drivers:

  1. Before you go
    Plan and check your route before you set out. This will ensure you don’t get lost, or end up rushing and making risky decisions.
  2. Choose your speeds wisely
    The speeds you use are entirely your own choice. No one can tell you to exceed the speed limit. So, always choose speeds that are legal and appropriate for the conditions.
  3. Pay attention
    Give the road your full attention. Don’t be distracted by passengers, mobile phones or private thoughts. And don’t drive tired.
  4. Think – stay calm
    Make a pledge that you won’t react to the actions of other drivers. Nobody’s perfect, so don’t waste time and increase risk by trying to rebuke another road user. Focus on holding back and staying safe.

About Gareth Herincx

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