We can all contribute towards improving road safety. For example, our children watch us drive and learn about how we deal with other road users and situations. They also pick up on what we think about other road users such as cyclists, along with any propensity towards road rage we may have or our risk taking behaviour. By being aware that we are 'being watched' we can make sure we set a positive example.
As parents and carers the examples we set influence our children. So if we choose to speed can we be surprised if our children also speed when they have passed their driving test?
What about the power of positive peer pressure? We have a role to play which can help to influence the way our friends drive. If we accept risk taking, speeding, blind overtakes, drink driving, then we do nothing to break the cycle of risk with the potential consequence of more road causalities. However, if we have open discussions with our friends which raises our awareness around poor choices, recognise and encourage safe driving and rejecting risk taking then perhaps we can prevent some accidents.
Why me? I retired in 2014 having served as a police officer. During my career I have attended many fatal and serious road traffic accidents/incidents. I qualified as an Approved Driving Instructor in 2005. My brother was killed in a road traffic accident when he was only 18 years old. Therefore, whilst I am not a teacher, I am enthusiastic about road safety and want to work with local schools and colleges. I welcome the support and guidance of teaching staff who can help me to engage with their young people.
There is no simple solution to reduce the number of people, just like you and me, killed or seriously injured every day on our roads. If there was it would have been done. Although many of us will have our own ideas on how we can work towards zero road casualties not everyone has the time to focus upon this as we all lead hectic lives. However, as a starting point we can all influence others by the examples we set.
I provide free road safety presentations and workshops to schools and colleges. You can find more information about what I can offer by clicking here.
HAVE YOU CONSIDERED CONTACTING YOUR LOCAL ROAD SAFETY TEAM? Road Safety GB have a list of local contacts. Or you can click here.
8.7.2016 (Updated 7.2.19)
Contact Alistair Stuart on 07813 824125 for more information or submit the form below.