A recap of the road safety news in brief from August 2016.
TUESDAY 30 AUGUST
30 Aug: 13.30
GEM urges school run parents to make safety their priority
Road safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist is urging parents to make safety their number one priority on journeys to and from school and has offered a number of tips to those driving their children to school ahead of the end of the summer holidays.
FRIDAY 26 AUGUST
26 Aug: 14.00
Driver distraction tops connected car concerns
More than half of businesses say they are concerned about their company drivers being distracted by in-car technology with the introduction of connected cars to their fleet, according to new research by RAC Business.
THURSDAY 25 AUGUST
25 Aug: 14.30
IAM RoadSmart to stage first ever female-only bike skills day
IAM RoadSmart is staging its first ever riding skills day for female bikers only at Thruxton circuit, Hampshire, on 19 September. The event will focus on handling, skills development and getting the most from their riding.
WEDNESDAY 24 AUGUST
24 Aug: 11.45
Drivers urged to make ‘my small change’ pledge
Drivers are being urged to show their support for the #mysmallchange campaign through its Thunderclap, in turn pledging to improve a particular aspect of their driving.
Click here to support the Thunderclap (Closes on 25 August)
TUESDAY 23 AUGUST
23 Aug: 14.00
Hertfordshire road safety day to take place on 4 September
The free Hertfordshire Road Safety Partnership Day 2016 takes place on Sunday 4 September and will this year include a crash car simulator, police and fire bikes, smoke house experience and an air ambulance landing.
MONDAY 22 AUGUST
22 Aug: 11:00
Ways to become involved with Road Safety Week 2016
The road safety charity Brake is inviting road safety professionals to register for a free Road Safety Week Action Pack and is running a webinar to help employers become involved in Road Safety Week (21-27 November).
22 Aug: 10:45
LATEST: GEM calls on road users to support for Project EDWARD
Neil Worth, GEM road safety officer, said: “We urge drivers, riders, pedestrians, cyclists and other road users to pause for a moment on 21 September to reflect on simple ways to reduce risk and improve safety."
WEDNESDAY 17 AUGUST
17 Aug: 15.00
Stay cool in the car – GEM
As forecasters predict a week of sweltering weather, GEM Motoring Assist is advising drivers to keep their cool by planning journeys and staying hydrated.
TUESDAY 16 AUGUST
16 Aug: 15.30
Keltic’s ‘Street Feet’ makes a trip to Scotland
The specialist supplier of road safety and educational resources Keltic Clothing has taken its interactive Street Feet Kit to Scotland to promote the importance of road safety training for primary school children.
Click here to find out more about the kit and Keltic’s Scotland campaign.
MONDAY 15 AUGUST
15 Aug: 15.00
Road Safety Wales warns of the dangers of fatigue
Road Safety Wales has issued a warning over the dangers of fatigue, which is estimated to be a contributory factor in up to 20% of road collisions. Road Safety Wales says these types of crashes tend to be high speed impacts resulting in death or serious injury, because a driver who has fallen asleep cannot brake or swerve.
FRIDAY 12 AUGUST
12 Aug 12.15
Keep your cool behind the wheel this summer – IAM RoadSmart
— IAM RoadSmart (@IAMRoadSmart) August 12, 2016
THURSDAY 11 AUGUST
11 Aug: 14.00
THINK! – county roads are dangerous
— THINK! road safety (@THINKgovuk) August 10, 2016
WEDNESDAY 10 AUGUST
10 Aug: 15.30
£30 subsidy offered to ATBs attending AIRSO Motorcycle Safety Conference
The MCIA is offering a £30 subsidy to any approved training body that wants to attend the AIRSO Motorcycle Safety Conference, which is being held in Leicestershire on 31 August.
TUESDAY 09 AUGUST
09 Aug: 13.30
Live interview gives public chance to ask questions on driving test changes
The DVSA will be hosting a live video interview with the its chief driving examiner Lesley Young at midday on Friday 12 August. The periscope broadcast will allow the opportunity for questions on the proposed changes to the car driving test.
MONDAY 08 AUGUST
08 Aug: 15.00
More than 10% of Brits admit to driving on wrong side of the road in Europe
13% of UK drivers have admitted to driving on the wrong side of the road when travelling across Europe, the results of a survey by RAC European Breakdown have found.