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.
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
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.
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.