The Brake Blog

News and views from around the road safety world, with contributions from partners, researchers and campaigners as well as Brake staff and volunteers. All views expressed are those of the contributor and do not necessarily represent those of Brake or its employees.

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A quick reaction time makes a big difference. Aside from being an alert driver, a vehicle that is able to brake effectively can come to a complete stop in a shorter distance, helping to reduce incidents and ensure a higher level of safety. Here, mechanic Giles Kirkland explores how you can improve and maintain your vehicle's braking capabilities

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Road safety is much more than the attitude of an individual driver or the infrastructure that is provided. When it comes to fleets it is also the responsibility of the firm to not only protect it's own staff who drive on the road but it is their responsibility to protect all road users. In the latest Brake Blog - Lewis Baker from Cheap Fleet looks at the benefits of using a fleet management system to protect it's staff and all road users.

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How countries around the world plan and build their cities and infrastructure is even more vital than ever these days, not only for the safety of all citizens on the roads, but to improve air quality and provide sustainable modes of transport. Brake's Chief Executive Mary Williams writes about the changes needed in current attitudes to provide sustainable and prosperous cities around the world.

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Monday 11 July saw the launch of Brake’s Roads To Justice campaign outside the Houses of Parliament which brought together many families who have lost a loved one to a criminal driver but never got the justice they deserved. In this blog; Vivienne Craske writes about the lack of justice for her brother Stephen, who was killed in a head on collision six years ago.

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Mobile phone use when driving is still a widespread problem on our roads. However, as modern technology within cars has developed, so has other ways of communicating when driving. Hands-free is now widely available in modern cars and is legal, meaning that hand-held mobile phone use is less of an issue. Yet how safe is hands-free and how much of a distraction is it? Here Dr Graham Hole and Dr Gemma Briggs from the University of Sussex, blog on what they found from their research into hands-free phones. 

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