With Irish Road Safety Week launching on October 1st we have made a small list of hints and tips to keep you safe on our roads below.
• Did you know that you are four times more likely to be in a collision if you use a phone – hand-held or hands-free – whilst driving? A lot can happen on the road when you're not paying attention. If you need to take a call, please pull in at a safe location or wait until your journey has ended.
• Before setting out in your car, check your tyres for tread depth and correct pressure; good tyres help reduce risk on your journey. Also, look at your dashboard and check that there are no warning lights or signals; if there are get a mechanic to investigate what might be the cause.
.• Speeding is one of the top causes of car accidents in Ireland. Choosing safe, legal speeds means you're reducing risk also leaving a 2-second gap while driving will greatly reduce the risk also. The non-wearing of seat belts is a leading concern among Irish drivers so make sure everyone is buckled up before taking off.
• Driving today? Fatigue contributes to around one in five road deaths. Only drive when you feel fresh and alert. If you get tired on a journey, stop and take a break.
• Off on a night out? Driving after drinking effects your vision, reaction time and perception of risk. Please take a taxi, public transport or be a designated driver. Drug taking and driving, as well as being illegal, carries the same risk as drinking and driving so be considerate of others and don’t do it.
• Your health affects your driving. Good vision is vital for safe driving, so getting checked regularly helps ensure you reduce the risk of a collision. Also, be aware of pedestrians, truck drivers, cyclists, bikers, horse riders all share the road with you so look out for each other and reduce risk.