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Expect the Unexpected

The one certainty on our roads every day is that the unexpected will happen. As a driver or rider you must be in complete control of your vehicle at all times in order to reduce your risk of crashing and to give yourself the best chance to deal with the unexpected.

 

SLOW DOWN

Driving at speeds too fast for the road and driving conditions is dangerous. Every increase in speed increases the risk of death and serious injury. If you kill or seriously injure someone due to driving too fast you could go to prison for up to 14 years. Always follow The Highway Code Rules on speed.
 
Remember – THE FASTER THE SPEED THE BIGGER THE MESS.

 

PAY ATTENTION OR PAY THE PRICE

Safe driving and riding requires complete concentration. You MUST NOT drive without due care and attention. Always be on the look out for vulnerable road users such as children, cyclists, motorcyclists and older road users. Remember that ONE LAPSE CAN LAST A LIFETIME so avoid distractions such as:

  • Loud music (this may mask other sounds).
  • Trying to read maps.
  • Inserting a cassette, CD, Mp3 player or tuning a radio.
  • Arguing with your passengers or other road users.
  • Eating and drinking.
  • Smoking.
  • Using a Mobile Phone.

 

OVERTAKING RULES EVERYONE SHOULD UNDERTAKE

Overtaking is one of the most dangerous manoeuvres a driver or rider can perform on the roads – there are so many things that can unexpectedly go wrong. DO NOT overtake if there is any doubt, or where you cannot see far enough ahead to be sure it is safe.

Before overtaking you should make sure:

  • The road is sufficiently clear ahead.
  • Road users are not beginning to overtake you.
  • There is a suitable gap in front of the road user you plan to overtake.

 
The Highway Code for Northern Ireland offers clear guidance to help you overtake safely and legally. Always follow these rules.
 
 

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