This week is Road Safety Week (15-21 November).
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and East Midlands Ambulance Service want to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the simple yet vital actions you can take to maximise your safety when you're out on the road.
In the UK, on average, someone is killed or seriously injured on a road every 22 minutes.
Road crashes are tragic events, and death and life-changing injuries have a devastating effect on families and local communities.
The good news is that death and serious injury from road traffic collisions are preventable if road users are safe and share responsibility.
As well as visiting schools around Nottinghamshire to teach pupils the importance of road safety, we want to make sure our local communities are aware of our top safety tips, so we can ensure road users are staying safe throughout the winter.
Make sure you:
- Stick to speed limits
- Keep your distance from other road users, especially in poor weather conditions
- Wear your seatbelt
- Never use your phone whilst driving
- Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Plan your journeys
- Regularly check the condition of your vehicle, particularly your tyres.
The theme of Brake's designated road safety campaign this year is 'Road Safety Heroes'.
The Emergency Service's help care for people after a crash. The Fire and Rescue Services get people to safety after a crash and make scenes safe to protect people from harm and Ambulance Services get medical help to people as quickly as possible.
Anyone can be a road safety 'hero' as whether you walk, ride or drive, we all have a responsibility to use roads safely to protect ourselves and others.
For more road safety information visit brake.org.uk (opens in a new tab).