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National Highways Latest Road Safety Campaign

Posted in General News on Tuesday, March 12th, 2024

Safety is National Highways’ top priority they aim to at least halve the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads by the end of 2025. The company has a longer-term goal of achieving a zero-harm network. To support this vision National Highways’ has launched the ‘Little changes, change everything’ road safety campaign.  The campaign is aimed at encouraging motorists to make little changes to their driving behaviour to transform their own journeys and those of fellow road users. 

The campaign raised awareness of two driving behaviours that can make a big difference by advising that: 

  • Drivers should drive in the left-hand lane when driving conditions allow   
  • Drivers should keep at least a two second gap between themselves and the vehicle in front 

They encourage drivers to avoid continuing in the middle lane unnecessarily. The middle lane should be used for overtaking, letting traffic onto the road and when traffic conditions do not allow for driving in the left lane. If you are overtaking you should return to the left-hand lane when it is safe to do so. Middle-lane hogging can disrupt the flow of traffic, leading to congestion and frustration for other road users. 

National Highways is reminding drivers that the Highway Code says you should “allow at least a two-second gap between you and the vehicle in front on high-speed roads and in tunnels where visibility is reduced”. The two seconds are made up of the time needed for reacting (thinking) and braking. And when it’s raining you need to at least double that gap to four seconds. 

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