Road Sense - top tips to keep you safe on the roads

The Road Sense campaign aims to get across six important reminders that will hopefully help you to stay safe on our roads.

The six Road Sense reminders are as follows:

1.  Seatbelt

You are twice as likely to die in a crash if you don't wear a seatbelt. By law, you must wear a seatbelt in cars and goods vehicles where one is fitted. There are very few exceptions to this.

The driver is liable to prosecution if a child under 14 years does not wear a seatbelt or child restraint as required.

Seatbelts and child car seats

2.  Weather

Drive at a speed appropriate for the conditions. Remember in wet or icy conditions, it will take longer to stop.

More information on Autumn driving, driving safely in heavy rain, driving in high winds and Winter driving.

3.  Speed

The faster a vehicle is driven, the less time there is to react to hazards. Department for Transport (DfT) research shows that 85% of pedestrians who are hit at 40mph will die, compared to 45% at 30mph and 5% at 20mph.

If you are caught speeding, you face a fine, points on your licence and even a ban.

Speed kills

4.  Drink and Drugs

Don't drive while impaired through drinks and drugs. The penalties if caught driving while impaired through drink or drugs are severe. If caught, you face a minimum one year ban, a fine of up to £5,000 and six months in jail.

 Different drugs affect your driving in different ways, some speed up your reactions, some slow them down - all are dangerous.

Beware, you may still be over the limit the morning after a drinking session. 

Don't drive while impaired through drinks and drugs

5.  Mobile

Don't use your mobile phone at all when you are driving. If you have to make a call, find a safe place to pull over and switch your engine off.

Put your phone out of sight, or in the boot so you won't be tempted to answer it, or look at it while you're driving.

Don't use your mobile phone at all when you are driving

6.  Red Routes

Across Cheshire, Halton and Warrington 20 routes have been identified as carrying a higher risk to road users of suffering a serious or fatal collision.

These routes now have red road signs alerting drivers to the dangers.


Download a copy of the following leaflet, which provides a reminder of the six Road Sense steps:

Road Sense Leaflet (new window PDF 314 KB)

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