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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With nearly one in four (23%) drivers aged 18-24 involved in crashes in their first two years of driving, it is clear that younger drivers need to ensure they can be as safe as they can be on our roads. As this age group are the most vulnerable on the roads, Matt Oliver from gocompare.com gives his advice to young drivers on what risks to avoid.

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Following our look at choosing safe vehicles earlier this week, today we look at what might be considered the ultimate safety feature: automation. Since the government's launch of three driverless vehicle trials in February, there's been much speculation about their benefits. Professor Nick Reed from the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) examines where we are now and what needs to be overcome before they become a reality.

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Today Brake released survey results on drivers' priorities when buying a new vehicle. Unfortunately, safety didn't come top. Brake campaigns officer Ed Morrow takes a look at what's driving car buyers' decision making, and how we can better prioritise safety.

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It was only four months after the death of her partner, Lidia Zoetemelk, in May 2013, that Brake volunteer Iris Yee took part in a fundraising challenge which raised £4,200 for Brake, treking up Mount Snowdown with other bereaved volunteers. In one of the many Dear Lidia letters she wrote in the first year after her death, Iris describes that day. You can read more from Iris at www.griefontheroad.wordpress.com

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Against a background of wide-ranging police cuts, recent years have seen traffic policing levels suffer more than other areas of policing. With the local policing agenda now largely set by elected Police and Crime Commissioners, Dr Helen Wells from Keele University examines what's driving their decision making.

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