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Young drivers safety

Every day Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is called to road crashes - around 1,000 every year. We see the devastating effect of these crashes and our firefighters often have to cut the victims free from the wreckage. This is why KFRS works closely with partners such as the Highways Agency, Kent County Council, Medway Council, Kent Police and South East Coast Ambulance Service to reduce the number of crashes, deaths and serious injuries on Kent and Medway's roads. KFRS focuses on education for young drivers.

  • Road crashes are the biggest killer of teenagers worldwide.
  • One in five new drivers is involved in a crash in their first year of driving.
  • Young male drivers aged 17 to 20 are seven times more at risk than other male drivers, and between the hours of 2am and 5am their risk is 17 times higher.

Drink and drugs

  • It is impossible for you to know how much alcohol will put you over the limit - the safest option is not to drink.
  • Drunk passengers may be more of a distraction for the driver. Refuse to take anyone that you feel may be a risk to you driving safely.

Distraction

  • Distraction can be a killer - never distract the driver. It only takes a split second to lose concentration and crash.
  • Drivers should always turn mobile phones off before setting out. Passengers should set phones to silent so they don't distract the driver.

Overcrowding

  • If all the seats are already taken and there are no seatbelts don't take the risk of getting in the car.

Keep your vehicle safe

  • Check fuel line for wear and tear
  • Loose or worn connections cause safety problems
  • Check tread, pressure, damage (look out for embedded nails or glass etc)
  • Radiator - check fluid levels and top up if required
  • Oil - check fluid levels and top up if required
  • Lights should be functioning and clean
  • Your vehicle is your responsibility - windscreen wipers, child seats and seatbelts should also be checked regularly

Find out more about driving safety

  • KFRS regularly visits schools and colleges to give road safety advice. We also run demonstrations to show the impact of road crashes and how our firefighters release victims. Get involved when we visit a venue near you.
  • Sign up to our safety alerts and find out about events by following us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
  • If you're a biker, find out about our Biker Down! first aid course.

Our partner agencies

We also work with other agencies to help keep local people safe on the roads.

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