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Road Safety Driving Videos

Welcome to FIVESTAR Driver Training’s road safety video page.  We have included below some of the Road Safety videos available online for your information.  Learning to drive is only part of your driver education, you also need to be aware of how to keep yourself, your passengers, other road users and the general public safe at all times.  These videos are all from the “THINK” campaign and are all available on “YouTube”.

The law on using hand-held phones and similar devices while driving

Using your mobile phone when driving or riding a vehicle is dangerous. If you’re caught using a hand-held phone while driving, you could be prosecuted.   It is illegal to drive a vehicle or ride a motorcycle while using a hand-held mobile phone. This also applies to any similar device (that must be held at some point) to:

These devices include smartphones or Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs).

While driving, you must not use your hand-held mobile phone, smartphone or PDA:

Speed limits for different vehicles and types of road

You must not drive faster than the speed limit for the road and your type of vehicle.  A limit of 30 miles per hour (mph) or 48 kilometres per hour (km/h) usually applies to all traffic on all roads with street lighting. This applies unless you see signs showing otherwise.


Local councils may set their own speed limits in areas where there is a particular need. For example, there could be a 20 mph zone in a built-up area near a school 50 mph (rather than 60 mph) speed limit on a stretch of road with sharp bends Local limits must be clearly signed.  


Driving over the speed limit (whether national or locally set) is against the law. The minimum penalty for speeding is a £60 fine and three penalty points added to your licence.

The penalties for using your phone while driving


If you're caught using a hand-held mobile phone or similar device while driving or riding, you can expect to get an automatic fixed penalty notice. This means you'll get three penalty points on your driving licence and have to pay a fine of £60.


However, your case may go to court. If it does, you may also face disqualification from driving or riding on top of a maximum fine of £1,000. If you're a driver of a bus or goods vehicle, you could face a maximum fine of £2,500.


Bikes

It might be frustrating at times to see motorcycles weaving in and out of traffic, but a hostile reaction on your part can often make the situation worse. Here are a few simple ways of avoiding crashes with motorcyclists:

Keep your distance
Driving too close can intimidate a less experienced motorcyclist.

Check for bikes when changing lanes
A motorcyclist may be in the space you want to move into, or moving into it fast. Remember your blind spot.

Check for bikes when turning
Parked cars or large vehicles can obstruct your view of a motorcyclist.

Motorcyclists might pass you on either side
Double-check for motorcyclists, whether you're turning left or right.

Check for motorcycles at junctions.
Remember to look carefully for bikes, as it is often difficult to see them when they are coming out of junctions. Always look out for them before you emerge from a junction because they could be approaching faster than you think.

Park safely
Check for motorcyclists before opening your car door - and ensure that your passengers do the same. When you pull away, remember that motorcyclists can be harder to see when they’re approaching than a car would be.

Seatbelts - The facts

The law


Tiredness KILLS

Studies have shown that drivers don’t fall asleep without warning. Drivers who fall asleep at the wheel have often tried to fight off drowsiness by opening a window, or by turning up the radio. This doesn't work for long.

Advice from the THINK! Campaign:

Plan your journey to include a 15-minute break every two hours.

Don't start a long trip if you're already tired.

Remember the risks if you have to get up unusually early to start a long drive.

Try to avoid long trips between midnight and 6am when you're likely to feel sleepy anyway.

If you start to feel sleepy, find a safe place to stop - not the hardshoulder of a motorway. Drink two cups of coffee or a high-caffeine drink and have a rest for 10 to 15 minutes to allow time for the caffeine to kick in.

Remember, the only real cure for sleepiness is proper sleep. A caffeine drink or a nap is a short-term solution that will only allow you to keep driving for a short time.

Horses

Car drivers and horse riders both have a right to use the road. By considering each others' needs and following some basic advice, drivers and riders can help avoid accidents involving horses on the road.  In 2009 alsone, one horse rider was killed and 21 were seriously injured in collisions with motor vehicles.


(Click here for advice for Motorists and horse riders)

Even careful drivers can be distracted by a call or text – and a split-second lapse in concentration could result in a crash