Being a motorist brings responsibility. Not just for your safety but for others too, from your passengers to all other road users, including pedestrians and cyclists.

Things to consider

Before you set off, think through these key points:

  • Is your journey necessary? If so, what’s the best route to take?
  • When is the best time to travel? Don’t forget to check the weather conditions.
  • Is your vehicle ready for the road? How are the tyres? The lights? Does everything work properly?
  • How are you? Are you fit to drive? Could health problems, tiredness, medicines, alcohol or drugs impair your driving?

Your Passengers

As a driver of a vehicle you should make sure that your passengers are safe.

  • All occupants must wear a seatbelt (if fitted).
  • Passengers should always try and enter and exit the car on the pavement side of the vehicle.

Children should be properly restrained in an appropriate car seat, or adult belt if they are over 135 cm or the age of 12. There are very few exemptions to seatbelt and child restraint legislation. The full legal requirements can be found here. The law covering child car seats can be found here.

For more information and advice on child restraints, visit: Child Car Seats or Good Egg Car Safety.

Vehicle checks

If it’s been a while since you’ve driven your vehicle, there are a few things you should check before getting back out on the road.

Watch our short video for some tips on getting back on the road safely.

Driver education

If you haven’t driven for a while, here are some tips for returning to driving safely and building up your confidence.


  • Give way to pedestrians on pedestrian crossings.
  • When pedestrians are on or near the road, adjust your speed and road position to give you enough time to stop if you need to
  • Watch out for children dashing out.
  • Older people need more time to cross the road – be patient.
  • When turning at a junction give way to pedestrians who are crossing the road.

Eco-safe driving

Eco-safe driving is a recognised and proven style of driving that can contribute to safer roads and a greener environment. Thinking about the type of car and the way you drive is your first step to embracing the principles of eco-safe driving.

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