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Monday, 21 November 2016

IAM Roadsmart says share the road

With Road Safety Week starting today (running from 21-27 November) the UK's biggest independent road safety charity IAM RoadSmart says it's time to ditch the stereotypes of 'who is the better driver' … men or women, young or old – and work together to make our roads safer.

Sarah Sillars, IAM RoadSmart chief executive officer, said: "He cut me up; she didn't look before pulling out! So often we hear about how all the problems are caused by this or that type of person and it's usually someone else's fault. The fact is everyone has a right to use the road and sharing that responsibility and exercising tolerance gets us all to where we want to be, quicker.

"We need to stop blaming others for what we see as their errors, often based on their age, gender, or what they are driving or riding. Instead let's work together and focus on how we can all improve our own road use to create a safer, happier environment."

Two groups we can all be inclined to stereotype are older and younger drivers. So to celebrate these drivers and let them show just how good they can be IAM RoadSmart is giving away 15 grandparent-grandchild pairs of free driver assessments.

The package for each winning grandparent-grandchild pair will consist of one regular driver assessment and one mature driver assessment (combined value £98).

For the pair to be in with a chance of winning one of these packages, entrants must briefly explain why driving is important to them.

Sarah added: "Our competition is all about embracing the best of what each generation has to offer on the road. We want to stop the blame culture and start working together."

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

A safer way to stop police pursuits?

A new device designed to stop fleeing vehicles has been revealed.

The Grappler Police Bumper fits to the front of the patrol vehicle, and when activated folds out a cradle of straps. 
When the police car gets close enough to the back of the fleeing vehicle, the straps wrap around one of its rear wheels, performing a 'tethered snag' and bringing it to a prompt controlled stop, attached to the police car.

The device even works on cars towing trailers and other hard-to-stop vehicles.

Thanks to its clever design, the 'snag manoeuver' prevents any skidding or loss of control in the fleeing vehicle, so can be used in traffic.

After the vehicle has been disabled, the tether can immediately be released to allow the police car to pursue another car or a criminal escaping on foot. Finally, the device can also perform a 'non-tethered snag', which brings the car to a stop, without being attached to the police car.

Designed by Stock Enterprises, the Grappler Police Bumper can also be disguised so as not to alert potential criminals to their imminent capture.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Goodbye Autumn Leaves

It may seem a little late to be discussing autumn weather but with the impact of the Indian summer, all of the seasons have been pushed back a spell. Many of us will be taking to the road this week on the daily commute. Here are some tips to prepare drivers and riders on this late leaf falling season from IAM RoadSmart's head of driving and riding standards Richard Gladman.

  • Check your motor battery.  In winter we often place a strain on the battery with lights, heated screens, seats and the air conditioner to demist and keep us warm and if there is any sign of your car battery struggling now, it is likely it will let you down as it gets colder.
  • That low winter sun can be an issue. Keep a pair of sunglasses in the car and also make use of the sun visor too. If you are dazzled slow down immediately.
  • Now is the time to check your antifreeze levels. The good thing about antifreeze is that it contains additives that prevent corrosion and improve summer cooling too. 
  • Top up the windscreen washer with de-icing additive.
  • Check your windshield wipers. If they begin to blur the front/ rear window, it's time to replace them with new ones.
  • Have a look at your car headlights. It is dangerous for you and for the other road users if your lights do not work properly.
  • Leaves or pine needles on the road can turn into a mushy film which obscures potholes, road markings and increases stopping distance. Anticipate problems when you approach woods and trees and slow down until the road is clear

Richard said: "As the temperature drops your car is a nice cosy place to be when it is working properly and sound preparation will help your journey go smoothly. Frosty mornings and falling leaves might be picturesque but they can cause all sorts of problems, particularly for two-wheeled road users. Give motorcyclists and cyclists more room and anticipate their actions.

"Drivers also need to stay alert for blocked drains and localised flooding at this time of year. Your aim should always be to have a clear view of the changing seasons around you and for other road users to be able to see you."

Monday, 7 November 2016

KGAM F1rst Class Test Pass

Congratulations to Steven Sherwood on achieving  a
F1rst Class Advanced Driving Test pass.  Well done!!

KGAM test passes

Congratulatons to Stephen Dartnell on passing the Advanced Driving Test
                    and well done also to Beverley Chambers

Thursday, 3 November 2016

IAM Firework Advice

Wild with fireworks

They say that Paris is a city of lights and Sydney is the city of fireworks. Well enter London from stage right, as we celebrate bonfire night on Saturday (5th). This week's tips give advice on how to stay safe driving and riding during the fireworks. Many of us will be taking to the road this week, going to light fireworks or watch them at our local parks. Here are some tips to prepare drivers and riders for the firework season from IAM RoadSmart's head of driving and riding standards Richard Gladman.

  • Dress for the weather but do not drive wearing welly boots for driving
  • Make sure you have a designated driver if you are planning on drinking
  • Try to keep the noise down. Understandably you are going to be with your mates but if you have pulled the short straw and are driving it is vital to have full concentration on the road
  • Protect your pets and never leave them in a car near a fireworks display in case they get agitated and injure themselves or damage the vehicle
  • Always travel with fireworks in a safe container in the boot removing any temptation for passengers to interfere with them when you are driving

Richard said: "Fireworks can be great fun but they can also bring out the wild side in some people.  Keep alert and watch out for unusual behaviour such as kids throwing fireworks into traffic.  A bit of planning and a lot of commons sense will go a long way to making sure your night goes with a bang and isn't just a damp squib."