Staying safe on the road

We can all play a part in raising awareness about protecting each other on the road; whether you’re on a bike, motorbike or car. As it’s Road Safety week, we put together some simple tips to help you think about yourself and others whilst on the road.

Cyclists

Riding every day means you might get a little too relaxed and forget the important stuff. Here’s what to remember:

  • Take extra care on junctions by signalling and not swerving unexpectedly. Check out our video here on safely crossing junctions.  
  • Remember COAST: Concentration, Observation, Anticipation, Space and Time. Find out more on how to keep yourself alert on the road here.
  • Use a headlight and rear light, day and night.

Motorcyclists

UK motorcycle ownership has risen almost 60% over the last 20 years, with more than 1.2 million motorcycles now registered across the UK. That’s a lot of you on the road! Be sure to keep these things in mind: 

  • Make yourself visible by making eye contact with other drivers when turning at junctions. Learn more about safely crossing junctions in this video.
  • Wear a high-quality helmet that fits correctly. More space means less protection.
  • BikerDown! offer a free first-aid course for motorcyclists. The course is run by fire and rescue services and covers what to do if you’re first to arrive at the scene of a crash, basic life support and how riders can make themselves seen. Find out more about the course here.

Cars

When driving a car it’s important thing is to be considerate and aware of others around you. In many busy city areas, cars are the largest vehicle on the road and understanding how smaller vehicles move around you is necessary to help make roads a safer place for everyone. Read these tips below to find out simple ways to be more careful: 

  • Leave plenty of room when overtaking bicycles and motorbikes.
  • Take time to look left and right when pulling out at junctions.
  • Drive slowly in places where people live.