What to do if you’re in a collision

If you’re involved in a car crash, hopefully you’re safe. Stay calm and do these things: You must stop and report the crash. If you drive away from an accident you could be fined £5,000, imprisoned for six months and get up to 11 penalty points. If any car involved does drive off, note down […]

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Drug driving

Everyone knows that drink and driving don’t mix. But doing drugs before getting behind the wheel can be just as dangerous. One in five of those who die on roads have taken illegal drugs. Cannabis will make you drive more calmly; good idea, right? Wrong. Cannabis slows down your reaction times, it can also be […]

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New drivers – incidents

You’ve passed your test so you’re safe to be on the road. But that doesn’t make the roads a safe place for you. The first few months after your driving test are when you’re most likely to be involved in a collision. “I have been in a few accidents, when I was younger, when we […]

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Top 10 crash reasons

“I never get aggressive when driving: there’s no point. I value my life,” says TV star Ross Kemp. 1. Failed to look properly 35% 2. Failed to judge other person’s path or speed 19% 3. Careless, reckless or in a hurry 17% 4. Loss of control 15% 5. Poor turn or manoeuvre 14% 6. Slippery road (weather) 10% 7. Driving too fast for […]

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Distractions

When you drive, your two hands, your eyes and ears should be focused on controlling your car. Not on texting, not on eating, not on the latest drum ‘n’ bass download. All these things distract you from driving. “It’s only for a second,” you might think. Well, you only need to miss the wrong second […]

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Passenger safety

As a passenger, you are far more likely to be involved in a collision with a driver aged 17 – 24 years old or a newly qualified driver, than a driver from any other age group. Did you know? 114 young people were killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions on Essex roads according […]

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Rural driving

Recent studies have identified that 16 – 29 year old rural young drivers (RYD) are: 44% more likely to be involved in an injury collision than urban young drivers (UYD) (RYD) are 58% more likely to be involved in a collision on rural roads than their Urban Counterparts (UYD) 60mph roads are a factor in […]

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Winter driving

Although summer’s only just finished, the nights are drawing in and over the next few weeks we might be seeing some sub-zero temperatures. As a new driver, there’s also a good chance that this winter will be the first time you’ve had to contend with icy and snowy conditions on the road, so it’s even […]

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How to give roadside first aid

It’s a situation nobody wants to find themselves in, but if you witnessed a car accident, would you stop and try to help? Many people, daunted at the prospect of seeing someone covered in blood or unable to move, would simply drive on past; however, if you take the time to stop you could just […]

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Drug driving – the effects

You’re probably aware of the risks of drink-driving, not to mention the penalties associated with it, but the issues surrounding driving under the influence of drugs are less well understood. So it might come as a surprise to you to realise that the penalties for drug-driving are exactly the same as those for drink-driving. And […]

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