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Drive safely

We work with partner agencies to reduce crashes, deaths and serious injuries on Kent and Medway's roads. Each agency also has a group it focuses on - ours is young drivers.

The facts about young drivers...

  • Road crashes are the biggest killer of teenagers worldwide.
  • An 18-year-old is more than three times as likely to be involved in a crash than someone in their 40s.
  • 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.

Keep yourself safe

  • Never get into a car with a driver who has been drinking or taking drugs.
  • Remember: No seat = No space.
  • Never distract the driver. It only takes a split second to lose concentration and crash.
  • Mobile phones are a dangerous distraction. As a driver always turn your mobile phone off before setting out. Passengers should set phones to silent so they don’t distract the driver.
  • 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 your ability to drive safely.

Keep your vehicle safe

Direct video link: http://www.youtube.com/v/pB0kw0jNAUw

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.

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