Keeping Safe on Lincolnshire and East Riding Roads

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We recently visited the Horncastle Primary School to present Andrew Bradshaw, headteacher, with 180 high visibility vests for children aged between 5 and 9yrs.

Our reason for doing this?

To raise awareness of the dangers of our rural roads and to aim to keep some of our vulnerable children safe on the streets and roads.  Our Horncastle office and, in particular, our personal injury department know only too well the perils of our rural roads.

We have launched our Safer Roads campaign to make children and adults alike, aware of the dangers that are always present on rural roads such as Horncastle’s, and what you can do to stay safe and help create safer roads for all users.

Though the countryside can be seen as a beautiful, tranquil place; its dangers often go unseen; especially during these shorter days and longer nights, often with reduced visibility in bad weather.

Follow our tips on keeping safe on the roads.

Cars:

  • Make sure you have breakdown cover
  • Get up a bit earlier in the morning to give yourself time to properly de-ice and demist your vehicle.
  • If visibility is 100 metres or less, use fog lights, and 
  • REMEMBER to switch them off again when visibility improves, you don’t want to be a dazzler
  • Keep your sunglasses handy. Glare from the low winter sunlight or snow can present unexpected hazards.
  • It can take up to 10 times longer to stop in icy conditions. Drive slowly and allow plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front

Motorcycles:

  • Wear plenty of warm layers underneath the best bike clothing you can get. You’ll concentrate better if you’re dry and warm
  • It’s a good idea to wear a high visibility vest
  • Ensure your tyres have the correct amount of grip
  • Cold weather means cold tyres. Cold tyres mean less traction
  • Always assume that any driver in a misted-up car, or who is peering through a hand-wiped windscreen can’t see you
  • Wet soggy leaves can be as slippery as ice
  • Have details of a motorcycle specific towing service readily available (should you break down or get stuck) 
  • If snow starts falling; the best thing to do is to get home immediately.

Cyclists:

  • Always have front and rear lights on your bike
  • Keep at least 50cm from the kerb. Being further into the road makes you more visible and forces cars to overtake you properly and safely
  • Check your bike before riding it
  • Run slightly lower pressure in your tyres than usual for better grip
  • Never wear headphones
  • Always pay full attention to the road
  • Dress appropriately for the conditions

Horses:

  • Deep snow, boggy areas and wet slopes should definitely be avoided
  • Try not to ride in failing light, fog or darkness
  • Do not ride more than two abreast on the road
  • Always display fluorescent / reflective clothing on both the horse and yourself

Children walking to school:

  • Always be visible. Hi-Visibility vests are essential along with optional torches and lights
  • If you are with your children, keep them close by. Alternatively if they are walking independently, stress the importance of walking in a group with others
  • Always use pedestrian crossings. It’s better to be safe than sorry
  • Beware of parked cars which could pull away at any moment
  • Stay on the pavement

Joggers:

  • Jog along a familiar route
  • Carry ID with you (an 'In Case of Emergency Card' is ideal, if you have one)
  • Jog against the direction of oncoming traffic
  • Jog with a friend or a jogging group
  • Take a mobile phone with you
  • Do not wear when headphones/listen to music when jogging
  • Wear reflective or brightly coloured clothing

Walkers:

  • Walk against the flow of traffic if you can’t walk on the pavement. 
  • Hi-visibility jackets are recommended. 
  • Never walk around a blind bend against traffic
  • Take a mobile phone with you
  • Carry ID with you ((an 'In Case of Emergency Card' is ideal, if you have one)
  • Walk familiar routes

Additional resources to keep you safe on our roads:

Also, visit these links below to some great resources to learn more about staying safe on the roads.

  • In Case of Emergency - The Official Site for In Case of Emergency (ICE)
  • THINK! - Road Safety
  • Brake - The Road Safety Charity
  • Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership 
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