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...staying safe while having fun
Road accidents kill 3,400 people every year in Great Britain - that's over 9 people killed on average every day. A further 37,000 are seriously injured and over 250,000 are slightly injured. (Statistics provided by RoSPA). View more information on road safety on Hampshire County Council's website...
For your own and others' safety, the law requires you to use a seat belt if one is fitted. Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service urges drivers across the County to heed the following seat belt use advice:
Bad weather can strike suddenly so the best advice when severe weather hits is to stay off the road. If you must drive, make sure you are prepared for the conditions. Here are our top ten tips for winter driving:
Before you go - Make sure you always have a warm coat, hat and gloves in the car in case you get caught out. Always carry a full charged mobile phone with you so you can call for help.
On the road - Be extra vigilant during the winter months. The braking distance is twice as far on wet roads and increases 10-fold on icy roads.
Winter motoring requires special care and a little preparation if you are to avoid accidents or breakdowns. Make sure that you keep your car well maintained throughout the winter months and your car will look after you.
For further advice and information on local flood warnings contact the Environment Agency Floodline on 0845 988 1188 or visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk.
To report weather related issues on highways call Hantsdirect on 0845 603 5633.
You can also get further advice and information by visiting www.hampshireprepared.co.uk
ln line with the national target to achieve a 40% reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured in road accidents by 2010, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service is working to promote road safety, targeting young drivers.
Being a good driver is not just about the ability to control a car and having good reflexes but about attitude and being able to spot and understand dangers on the road.
Young drivers are the most at risk group on the road. Every day, two young drivers under the age of 25 die in road traffic accidents. Many die as a consequence of inexperience, speeding, intoxication through drink or drugs or just plain recklessness.
Research has shown that young drivers take more life-threatening risks than other drivers. This is extremely worrying as these drivers have only just received safety training through their theoretical and practical driving tests. This is reflected by the death toll of young drivers. One in ten drivers is under the age of 25, but one in four drivers who die are in this age range, due to risk-taking.
Find out more information for young drivers from Hampshire County Council's website.
Delaying emergency vehicles can cost lives. You need to be ready to give them a clear passage, without putting yourself or other road users at risk.
If you're in the way of an emergency vehicle approaching using its flashing blue lights, headlights and/or siren, you should: