Keeping safe on the roads | Blog

Recently I was sent an infographic made by Car Insurance with Chill which included some pretty eye opening stats about Irelands most dangerous drives. A shocking 34% of Irish drivers have been in a road traffic accident in the last 5 years and Dublin has been voted the county with the most dangerous roads!?! Now you are probably sitting their asking why on earth I am talking to you about Irish roads and drivers when I am hours away in Essex? Well these stats got me thinking and made me do a little bit of research myself into what our roads are like. What I found was terrifying!

Did you know that a staggering 186189 people were injured in a road traffic accident in 2015 in the UK?? Out of that 22144 were serious injured and awfully 1730 people were killed. That's almost 5 people a day! 5 people whose families have had their lives turned upside down and who will never get to see their loved one again. It's a devastating figure.

So what can you do to avoid being a danger on the road? I wanted to share my 3 top tips to keep you and your family safe on the road this winter.

1. Check the basics.

When was the last time you checked your oil or your tyre tread? Do you check your oil once a month like recommended or are you like me and think that you will do it next time you remember? DON'T! I have just been to check mine now and at the same time checked all my lights, my tyres, water...the whole lot. These checks are recommended to keep your car safe and therefore keep you safe on the roads so don't put it off!

2. Turn of the phone.

How many times have you checked or been temped to check your phone whilst driving? The amount of people I see driving along with their phone wedged under their ear still shocks me but I think what is worse is when people are texting or checking social media or even catching pokemon!! Phones are such a distraction when driving so to keep you safe and 100% focused on the road turn off your phone.

3. Check your car seats.

This is one for all of you parents out there...make sure you check your child's car seat. Make sure it is installed properly and that it is the right fit for your car. More than that, it is so important that you check that your little one is strapped in correctly and isn't put into the car in huge winter coats as it can make the belt less effective.

So there are my top tips for staying safe on the road this winter. Now go and check your oil!!! :)

note: this is a collaborative post

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