The law on using hand-
Using your mobile phone when driving or riding a vehicle is dangerous. If you’re
caught using a hand-
These devices include smartphones or Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs).
While driving, you must not use your hand-
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-
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.
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
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.
Check for motorcyclists before opening your car door -
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-
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 -
Remember, the only real cure for sleepiness is proper sleep. A caffeine drink or
a nap is a short-
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.
Even careful drivers can be distracted by a call or text – and a split-