There are a number of things that you should consider, check, and prepare before heading out on a journey of any length:
- Before going on any long journey make sure your vehicle is in good condition.
- Plan your route in advance, using main roads as far as possible.
- Make sure you have enough money and petrol. It is also worth carrying an appropriate petrol can.
- Make sure you are prepared for the weather. Snow, rain, or fog brings about different and difficult driving conditions. Listen to local weather forecasts and adjust your driving as necessary.
- Carry some change to make a public telephone call if you need to and if possible carry a mobile phone with sufficient credit on it to ring for help.
- Keep your doors locked when driving in town and keep valuables away from open windows.
- After dark, always park in a well-lit, busy area.
- When you come back to your car have your key ready and check there is no one in the car.
There are various courses for drivers and riders to help reduce the number of deaths and serious collisions
- 95% of all collisions are caused by human error.
- 1 in 5 new drivers will have a crash within their first six months of driving.
- Road crashes are the biggest single killer of young people in the UK.
Norfolk County Council offer a range of schemes for individuals to improve their driving skills, including:
- GOLD – Guidance for Older Drivers for older drivers (60+) to have their driving skills assessed.
- Eco Safe Driving teaches you how to reduce emissions and your fuel consumption so you can save money too.
- Driver Development Training provides one to one training session develops your driving skills in your own car at your level
- Safer Rider Scheme aims to reduce motorcycle casualties.
- 1-1 Skills Session provides a general skills assessment with bespoke training for motorcyclists
- Driving for work workshops and assessments for drivers within businesses