Road safety advice for towns and built-up areas
It’s really important to consider other road users when you’re travelling in built-up areas. And it’s a shared responsibility for everyone – drivers, motorcyclists, pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.
Five ways we can all keep safe on the roads in town:
- Stop speeding before speeding stops you
Someone is stopped every 11 minutes for speeding in Scotland1. Couple that with the fact with you are seven times as likely to kill a pedestrian if you hit them at 30mph rather than 20mph – you’ve got to ask yourself – is it really worth it?
- Pay extra attention at junctions
Research shows that over half (52%) of pedestrian casualties happen at junctions2. So it goes without saying that junctions can be a bit dodgy and it’s important to take your time and take an extra look before crossing or turning.
- Read the road
Is the road busy? What’s the weather like? It’s worth checking in with what’s going on around you and adjusting your route appropriately.
- Try not to rush
Accidents can happen when people are stressed or in a rush. Factor in time for last minute hold-ups, stop offs or bad traffic. When it’s busy, the best approach is to take a breath and take it easy.
- Watch out for unexpected hazards
Just because you’ve done the journey 494,374+ times, it doesn’t mean there won’t be an unexpected hazard today, such as roadworks or a speeding vehicle. Keep your eyes peeled and your wits about you.