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No phone call is more important than someone’s life

No phone call is more important than someone’s life

For Road Safety Week 2016, we are asking everyone to make and share Brake's Pledge, and show their commitment to saving lives and keeping our roads safe. For the latest Brake blog, Elaine Corner - a road safety educator after a 25 year army career - writes about her own experiences after being in a road crash.

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Driving & FOMO: Is our addiction to social media making the roads more dangerous?

Driving & FOMO: Is our addiction to social media making the roads more dangerous?

Nearly a third of all people keep their phones in their pockets whilst they drive, meaning we’re constantly aware of receiving notifications and calls. The temptation and social pressure of staying in the loop means that more people than ever think it’s fine to use their phone whilst they drive. Katy Latta, working alongside Aviva on their #DriveSafer campaign, reveals why this is and the impact it’s having on road safety

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Why banning all mobile phone use by drivers would be a good idea

Why banning all mobile phone use by drivers would be a good idea

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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Would automatic bans for drivers using mobiles finally prevent people from putting lives at risk on the roads?

Would automatic bans for drivers using mobiles finally prevent people from putting lives at risk on the roads?

The temptation is always there when driving, to glance away for a few seconds to check your phone that just vibrated or to answer a call you may think is extremely important. However, despite being a crime many still do it. Here Ben Marsden, an assistant solicitor with experience in dealing with road traffic collisions, writes about how stringent measures may cut down the number of collisions caused by drivers distracted by their phones. 

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Is it time to get tougher on dangerous drivers?

Is it time to get tougher on dangerous drivers?

Something as simple as having a bite to eat whilst driving can be a distraction, it's seen as being in charge of a vehicle without due care and attention and that's why it is prohibited on UK roads. Yet due to the complacency of many drivers and certain things being socially accepted, such as having food at the wheel, drivers are constantly putting themselves and other road users at risk. Here Tori Atkinson, from The Car Loan Warehouse, asks if it's time to get tougher on drivers whose bad habits are putting all road users in danger.

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