Safety on the road
Safety on the road includes safety precautions for motorists, motorcyclists, cyclists, and pedestrians.
Accidents involving motorists, motorcyclists, cyclists, and pedestrians are among the leading causes of accidental death in the developed world.
Nearly all of the road traffic accidents that occur in the UK are due to human error; only about 1 in 20 accidents are associated with mechanical faults. Alcohol abuse is the greatest individual factor associated with deaths on the road: 1 in 5 deaths is due to drink-driving. Other causes include poor eyesight, tiredness, the use of illegal drugs, taking certain prescription or over-the-counter drugs.
Staying safe in cars
The most important vehicle safety device is the seat belt. Airbags have also saved many lives. Modern cars and lorries have a variety of other built-in safety features, including headrests, specially designed seats for children, and anti-lock brakes.
Staying safe on motorcycles and bicycles
Motorcyclists need helmets and special clothing to protect them from the road surface, other vehicles, and the weather.
Cyclists are particularly at risk of head injuries, so wearing a helmet is essential.
Staying safe as a pedestrian
Nearly all injuries to pedestrians happen in urban areas. Children aged 5-14 years are most at risk of accidents.
If you plan to go out walking or jogging at night, wear bright clothes and reflectors. Teach children to be alert when out on busy streets.
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