Thursday, 27 April 2017

"Stay Safe, Watch Them Roads"

Without a shadow of a doubt, if you're ending a phone call with my mam, you can guarantee she'll say, 'stay safe, watch them roads'. Even at 10pm when you're saying you can't wait to go to bed and finish your book, even if you've not been in the car all day. It's just a habit I guess, but because I've heard this phrase pretty much every day of my life, I've always been really aware of road safety. 

When Slater Gordon got in touch to talk about road safety, I didn't really need to think about it too much as we've just come back from a gorgeous family holiday to Italy, and immediately the first thing I really noticed was how different it was to drive over there. Sure you're on the wrong side of the road, but the cars going in the opposite direction would cruise onto our side of the road when turning a corner, or try to overtake when someone more cautious would know to wait until the gap is big enough. This seems like madness to me, and the potential for an accident just isn't worth it!

A few years ago, my dad was involved in a pretty bad road accident, which damaged his leg. He was driving a motorcycle and unfortunately the car driver didn't 'look twice' and failed to notice my dad, hitting him in the side. This is something that could be so easily fixed if you concentrate properly when driving. Things like making sure your mirrors are correctly positioned, or that your back shelf is clear of obstacles blocking your view can make a world of difference to someone. My dad is still affected by that accident every day, and to think that the driver could have spotted him if they'd just looked again is really disheartening. We're just lucky that nothing more serious happened. 

Of course, it isn't just other drivers that you need to think about when you consider car safety. Your own personal health or even the condition of your car should be a top priority too. How many times have you picked up a new prescription and in the small print it says to speak to your doctor before driving? Does anyone ever do this? Have you had a long car journey ahead and halfway through felt a bit sleepy? Do you pull over at the safest place and rest? Because you should! In a recent survey, it was found that only 39% of respondents put the personal health of the driver as the most important safety element, but it should really be higher. Your car can't go if you can't! 

What do you think about when you think about road safety? 

*Disclaimer: This post is a collaboration with Slater Gordon. Content written by myself.

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