I was lucky to receive advanced Driver Training (Roadcraft) and working for the Ambulance Service in London I got to see many accidents and the carnage and upset that comes with them.
In this section I want to create awareness of the dangers and try to reduce accidents by improving our knowledge.
ACCIDENTS DO NOT HAPPEN - THEY ARE CAUSED !
WOO-DRIVE is a collection of tips, informative videos and road safety information, giving useful tools that can help improve our safety when driving.
We all believe we are great drivers and that we are brimming full with the advanced driving skills to get us out of any trouble. We falsely believe it can't happen to us, or the odds are in our favour. We become complacecent, allow ourselves to become distracted with mobile phones, music or eating and drinking. Some are so coninced they are invincible they show off on purpose.
But accidents do happen and they can happen to the best drivers in the world.
Some of the attached videos are graphic in nature, but sometimes it takes that shock element to make us sit up and take notice. Hopefully these videos will create awareness and make us turn off that phone and put it away, reduce the volume so we can hear, and prevent ourselves from being distracted by others.
Check out your route in advance by looking at the flow of traffic.
Check for roadworks and accidents in your area and along your chosen route.
Check out the weather before you set off on your journey.
Plan your route with Google Maps.
Where to charge your electric car.
Many drivers still misunderstand how a roundabout works, which lane to use, whether to indicate. The above video although designed for NSW still applies to the UK.
When can I use it?, What can I use it for?
When to use, not use.
Something many drivers forget about, especially on dual carriageways and motorways.
Credit to: 5-minute Crafts
Credit to: Brightside.
Credit to: Brightside.
Credit to: Deboss Garage
The chart is a rough guide of how long alcohol stays in the system, but this can vary with the individual.
DO NOT TAKE THE CHANCE !
Do not drink if you need to drive the next morning.
Credit to: Grahams Road Veterinary Clinic
Animals. When passing animals, drive slowly. Give them plenty of room and be ready to stop. Do not scare animals by sounding your horn, revving your engine or accelerating rapidly once you have passed them. Look out for animals being led, driven or ridden on the road and take extra care. Keep your speed down at bends and on narrow country roads. If a road is blocked by a herd of animals, stop and switch off your engine until they have left the road. Watch out for animals on unfenced roads.
Horse riders and horse-drawn vehicles. Be particularly careful of horse riders and horse-drawn vehicles especially when overtaking. Always pass wide and slowly. Horse riders are often children, so take extra care and remember riders may ride in double file when escorting a young or inexperienced horse or rider. Look out for horse riders’ and horse drivers’ signals and heed a request to slow down or stop. Take great care and treat all horses as a potential hazard; they can be unpredictable, despite the efforts of their rider/driver.
The Highway Code is very specific when it comes to passing Horses. Ignoring can lead to death of both the horse & rider.
Learn the rules !
Credit to: Clarity3670
Credit To: BritishHorseSociety
Even though this rider may not agree with Horses being on public roads, he still follows the rules and gives them room.
Credit To: RJH Motorbike Training Manchester
If you have a passenger who has communication difficulties, these seatbelt sleeves will alert the emergency services in the case of an accident. Also holds personal information.
When you need to use a laptop in your car or any tool or device requiring 240v.
Emergency vehicle escape tool.
Smashes glass, cuts seatbelts.
Helps to defrost internal windows much faster and add instant heat inside your car on those frosty cold mornings.
Credit to: One Good Thing.
See and be seen.
Clean away that haze from headlight lens using toothpaste and a toothbrush / cloth. Polish with a Microfibre cloth.
Place a sandwich or freezer bag over side mirrors at night to stop the ice building up on the mirror.
Break down the ice and let the acidity of the white vinegar clean away grime on the glass below.
Place old socks over wipers at night to stop them freezing to the windscreen glass.
If you travel any distance during winter weather, especially on motorways, then it is wise to prepare before you set off. Weather can change very quickly, accidents or incidents occur without warning stopping traffic for hours or as previous years have shown even days.
Remember you may not be able to run the engine for heat and light if fuel is low, so a few cheap additions of survival equipment could make all the difference if you do get stuck.
Foil survival blankets and instant heat packs can be bought from a pound shop, so can torches and batteries. Pack an extra set of warm clothing, gloves and warm hats. A few rugs or blankets. A rope and a shovel to dig you out. bottled water and a box of snack bars, and a flask of hot water.
A bucket or large empty water container could come in handy to use as a toilet too!
Credit to? IcyRoadSafety.com
With car parks charging extortionate fees to park, many try to avoid them by parking in nearby back streets, and with many households now having more than one car, parking space can be a problem on narrow roads.
Check before you park that there is sufficient room for a large emergency vehicle to get through without losing your mirrors or your car being damaged.
One day it could be you that is waiting for them to arrive !
Cars are not the only road users, and in the dark or bad weather conditions we all need to do what we can to be seen.
The picture shows the visible distance and the time taken for a motorist to register your presence., With an average stopping distance of 24 metres you can easily see what the best colours are to wear at night.
Use reflectors on your coats, improve your chances !
Nobody likes to watch explicit hard-hitting videos of accidents, especially when they involve children.
Yet it seems we still need to be reminded of the possible outcomes if we continue to ignore the rules.
Many still use their mobile phones, or do not wear seatbelts, despite laws being in place for many years now.
Watch these videos and
DONT BE ONE OF THEM !
CONTAINS VERY GRAPHIC AND UPSETTING SCENES
This hard-hitting video was made in Tredegar in Wales.
It has been illegal to use a mobile phone whilst driving since 2003.
Get caught and it means six points on your licence and a hefty fine, get caught a second time and you will lose your licence !
YOU WILL LOSE FAR MORE IF IT CAUSES YOU TO HAVE AN ACCIDENT.... MAYBE LIVES !
Credit to: Sgt. Harry Tangye Devon & Cornwall Police
Heartfelt description of attending a drink related fatal RTC and how it affects families, friends and the emergency services that attend.
Credit to: Safe Driving for Life.
Driver & Vehicl Safety Agency.
Credit to: Unexpected Entertainment.
Drones are becomming increasingly popular both for leisure and business use, but used innapropriately can cause disastrous accidents. New laws on where and how high you can fly have been released, and more restrictions are expected to follow.
Below are some guidelines provided by the UK Government, showing the restrictive distances from Airports and Buildings, but there are also regulations of keeping safe distances from other people.
It is also important not to fly these devices close to high voltage power lines, along or across public roads or above crowds, and not around animals such as horses.