General Advice

As a road user (motorist or pedestrian), you will have a responsibility to yourself, your passengers and other road users. Here are some suggestions as to what you can do to assist in having a safe journey.

  • Consider whether your journey is necessary.
  • Obtain the latest weather information.
  • Plan your journey (route and timing), allowing yourself extra time.
  • Tell someone of your plans.
  • Consider joining a recognised breakdown/recovery service.
  • When driving, travel slowly, at a safe distance from the vehicle in front and no harsh breaking or steering.

Speed limits are recommended maximum speeds. It may be necessary to drive more slowly at times due to local conditions.

In summer weather fatigue is a problem for drivers making long journeys. It is sensible to plan ahead and take breaks at regular intervals.

Before starting a journey check;


  • Your tyre pressures are at the recommended level and that the tread depth is correct. Don’t forget your spare!
  • Your vehicle’s lights are clean and in working order.
  • Your wiper system is working effectively and your washer bottles are full.
  • Your battery is in good condition, topped up and fully charged.
  • Make sure that all your windows and mirrors are completely clear of condensation.


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