Stay safe on the roads

Traffic bikes

Cambridgeshire’s commitment to roads safety is part of ongoing work to reduce casualties on the county’s roads and includes enforcement and education.

According to the DfT in 2013 389 people were killed or seriously injured on the county’s roads. By taking simple safety precautions when driving and travelling we can significantly reduce the number of serious and fatal collisions each year.

2013 Collision data
  Fatal Serious Injury
Casualties 36 353
Collisions 35 302

Sadly the majority of collisions are caused by driver error so it is vital road users remain alert and adhere to road safety rules every time they are on the road.

Pedestrian safety:

Pedestrians are among the vulnerable road users.

To reduce the chance of being involved in a collision always:

  • Wear bright clothing, preferably high visibility clothing, to ensure that you can be seen.
  • Stay alert and aware of what is going on around you.
  • Obey the High way Code.
  • When walking on a road always walk towards traffic.

Driving safety:

Remaining alert and driving to the conditions of the roads plays an important part in reducing the number of collisions on the county’s roads.

Driving within the limits of your ability, vehicles and adhering to the conditions of the roads reduces the risks of becoming involved in a collision.

To reduce the chance of being involved in a collision always:

  • Adapt your driving to the weather conditions, if it is icy, there is snow or heavy rain, reduce your speed.
  • Adapt your driving to the conditions of the road.
  • Drivers should remain alert and aware of cyclists and pedestrians at all times.
  • Keep lights, mirrors and windows clean and clear of obstructions.
  • Make sure your windscreen wipers are working properly and that you have a spare bottle of screen wash with you.
  • Ensure your tyres have enough tread and the pressure is correct.
  • Always wear a seatbelt.
  • Never use a hand-held mobile phone while driving.
  • Do not drive too close to the vehicle in front. Remain at a safe distance.
  • Do not speed.
  • If you feel tired whilst driving pull over at your next available stop and rest before continuing your journey.
Traffic bike

Motorbike safety:

Take a look at the Bikesafe scheme

Motorcyclists are among the vulnerable road users and for them road safety is vital.

To main causes of collisions involving motorcyclists are:

  • Bends

Advice: Ensure your speed is appropriate to negotiate the bend without losing control. Take account of the road surface and anticipate hazards concealed by the bend. Look ahead and don’t panic. If your speed it right, the bike will go where you are looking and take you around the bend.

  • Speed and overtaking

Advice: Always be able to stop in the distance you can see to be clear. Overtaking on the approach to junctions or driveways should be avoided and always expect vehicles to turn right without warning.

  • Junctions

Advice: Plan ahead on approaching junctions, look for vehicles emerging from side roads and those entering roundabouts. Be prepared to stop and take evasive action. Reduce your speed and expect drivers to pull out.

  • Safety mechanisms – there are no seatbelts or air bags on motorbikes.

Advice: The only protection comes from the shell of the garments you wear. Choose clothing with the CE mark which ensures the product you wear is designed and manufactured to the highest standard.

Cycle safety:

Cyclists are among vulnerable road users.

By taking the following precautions you can significantly reduce the chances of being involved in a collision:

  • Wear bright clothing, preferably high visibility clothing, to ensure that you can be seen.
  • Make sure you have lights on the front and back of your bike – it is illegal to ride in the dark without them.
  • Stay alert and aware of what is going on around you.
  • Always wear a cycle helmet it could save your life.
  • Obey the Highway Code.

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