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We again find ourselves in the midst of Road Safety Week – an initiative promoted by the BRAKE road safety charity, as part of their untiring efforts to make our roads a safer place, for travellers on two or four wheels and for pedestrians.  ROAD SAFETY – WE’RE ALL RESPONSIBLE!

A friend remarked recently that it was a pity people had to be reminded that the roads are potentially dangerous places, yet I see the BRAKE campaign as being a way to focus all our attention during a definitive timeframe.

We need, as BRAKE puts it, to look out for each other, especially cyclists and pedestrians and especially at junctions and roundabouts etc.

Aggression plays a large part in causing accidents.

Harsh acceleration, failing to drive according to prevailing weather conditions and a major factor – driving after a row or big disagreement with a partner or family member, are all contributors to accidents.

When we consider the word, “Accident” is a contradiction, because road crashes are very often the result of human actions – as mentioned above – and all of which could have been prevented.

A lot of drivers I speak to, when thinking back to their lessons, assure me they were taught to look from kerb to kerb whilst driving. The same has been said during Instructor Training sessions by persons about to take the Part II test of Driving Ability; little wonder then that they miss speed limit signs and other important information, which is often set back from the pavement edge.

Likewise, pedestrians and cyclists are more often found closer to walls rather than teetering on the pavement edge.


  • BRAKE recently surveyed 5,000 schoolchildren about road safety in their respective areas and the results are some that no self-respecting person should be proud of.
  • 67% think that roads in their community can be dangerous for either walking or cycling.
  • 41% say they have been hit or nearly hit by a vehicle while on foot or bike.


Pedestrians, and cyclists, including disabled persons, can be at particular risk from drivers performing reverse manoeuvres at junctions, where their view can be impaired by blind spots.

Like BRAKE have said – let’s look out for each other, slow down and exercise greater care when reversing around corners for example. We spend a very small proportion of our driving-time going backwards, so let’s remember that we need to make frequent all-around observations – not just sitting squarely in the driving seat, relying on the Interior and door mirrors.


  • 75% of collisions with cyclists happen at or near junctions.
  • Almost 95% of crashes are caused by driver-error; therefore it is they who need to assume responsibility for the protection and preservation of life around them. A human being, particularly a child, will always come off second-best in a road traffic accident.

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TRISTAR DRIVING has long supported and publicised the work carried out by BRAKE and members of the public can also show their support:

Use the hashtags #roadsafetyweek on Twitter @brakecharity, or

Visit their Facebook page 

This is another feature of our teaching philosophy, here at TRISTAR DRIVING and our approach to road safety is reflected in the manner in which we teach young people to drive. For example:-

We encourage our learners to make a strong contribution to their lesson content and we ask searching questions, designed to challenge and change their opinions and beliefs.

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