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Road safety advice

Click on the links below to read essential road safety advice.

  • Drink and drug driving

    Although drinking and driving or getting behind the wheel while impaired is much more socially unacceptable than in the past, there are still a small minority of motorists who are either ignorant of the dangers or who are prepared to run the risk.

  • Speeding

    ​One of the most important things that all drivers can do to try and keep our roads safe (as well as avoiding a ticket) is to drive within the speed limit at all times. We don't want to catch you speeding, we just want you to keep an eye on your speed and drive safely.

  • Mobile phones and driving

    Mobile phones in cars can be beneficial and can provide security and assistance in an emergency. However, using a handheld mobile phone while driving is illegal. To drive safely you must concentrate on the road and a split-second lapse in concentration if using a mobile phone could result in a collision.

  • Motorcycle safety

    If you are a biker, you will have experienced the enjoyment and freedom that comes with riding a motorbike, especially on the many country roads that we have across Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

  • Cycle safety

    Cycling is a fun, healthy and environmentally-friendly way of getting around. However, pedal cyclists are more vulnerable than motorists, especially in poor weather. Each year in West Mercia, cyclists are killed or seriously injured on our roads. Cyclists and motorists can help each other to improve road safety.

  • Pedestrian safety

    For most of us, putting your seat belt on when you get in a car is second nature. However, as pedestrians, many of us forget to follow simple safety advice to keep out of harm's way.

  • Seatbelt safety

    Wearing a seatbelt saves thousands of lives across the UK every year. While the majority of people habitually belt up every time they get into a car, many people - especially those travelling in the back of vehicles - admit that they sometimes don't. Nationally, drivers and passengers aged 17-34 have the lowest seatbelt-wearing rates combined with the highest collision rate.

  • Agricultural road safety

    Agriculture is one of Warwickshire's and West Mercia's major industries and the use of public roads by agricultural machinery is a necessity for many in the industry. The road network across Warwickshire and West Mercia is of fundamental importance to this industry but farming activities can have a significant effect on the flow and appearance of our rural roads.

  • Winter driving advice

    While it is important that your vehicle is in a good roadworthy condition all year round, driving in adverse winter weather conditions offers additional challenges for motorists. However, there are steps you can take to make sure you are prepared to meet these challenges.

  • Child seat safety

    Keeping children safe when travelling by car is something that we can sometimes take for granted - but sadly children are still being killed and injured in collisions because they are not properly restrained. As well as a lack of a child safety seat, an incorrectly fitted or inappropriately used one is just as dangerous as it could be totally ineffective in the event of a collision.

  • What happens if I have a collision?

    We all hope to avoid ending up in a collision on the roads, but what happens if you are unfortunate enough to suffer a bump or scrape when behind the wheel?

  • DriveVR

    The Safer Roads Partnership in Warwickshire and West Mercia have launched 'DriveVR' - an innovative new Virtual Reality app for young drivers and passengers, providing real-life driving experiences and allowing young people to see the outcomes of bad driving decisions to encourage them not to make the same mistakes in real life.