Advice for drivers
When you drive you’re in charge of a fast-moving chunk of metal that can do a lot of damage to you and other people. That’s why you have a particular responsibility to do everything you can to be safe and protect the people around you.
The good news is there are some really simple steps you can take to hugely reduce your chances of being in a serious crash.
Follow Brake’s advice on each key topic below, and you’ll be helping to prevent devastating crashes, make our streets and communities safer, happier places, and doing your bit for the environment.
Then make our Pledge, a six point plan to help keep yourself and others safe on roads.
Make the Brake Pledge
Drivers – I'll stay under limits, and slow down to 20mph where people live, work and play. I'll slow down on rural roads to protect people on foot, bicycles, motorcycles and horses as well as in other vehicles. I will avoid overtaking and take care to look twice at junctions. I will drive even more slowly in bad weather. Everyone – I'll speak out for slowing down and help drivers understand that the slower they drive, the more chance they have of avoiding a crash and saving a life.
Drivers – I'll never drive after drinking any alcohol or drugs – not a drop, not a drag. Everyone - I'll plan ahead to make sure I, and anyone I'm with, can get home safely and I'll never get a lift with drink/drug drivers. I'll speak out if someone's about to drive on drink or drugs.
Drivers – I'll make sure everyone in my vehicle is belted up on every journey, and kids smaller than 150cm are in a proper child restraint. I'll choose the safest vehicle I can and ensure it's maintained. Everyone – I'll belt up on every journey, and make sure friends and family do too.
Drivers – I'll never take or make calls, read or type when driving. I'll put communication devices out of reach, and stay focused. Everyone – I'll never chat on the phone to someone else who's driving.
Drivers – I'll stay focussed on safe driving. I'll take regular breaks and never drive if I'm tired, stressed or on medication that affects driving. I'll get my eyes tested every two years and wear glasses or lenses at the wheel if I need them. Everyone – I'll look out for friends and loved ones by ensuring they only drive if they're fit for it, and rest if they're tired.
Everyone – I'll minimise the amount I drive, or not drive at all. I'll get about by walking, cycling or public transport as much as I can, for road safety, the environment and my health.