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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.
Sep
01

What’s driving sustainable transport?

What’s driving sustainable transport?
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November will see Road Safety Week, the UK's flagship road safety event, go in a new direction. The focus this year is on sustainability, with the theme being 'drive less, live more'. With that in mind; Elli Thomas from Centre for Cities blogs on the role planning and understanding economic development can play in creating more sustainable transport.

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Aug
25

Is the UK driving test good enough?

Is the UK driving test good enough?

Statistics don't lie, young drivers are some of the most vunerable on Britain's roads with drivers aged 17-19 being involved in 12% of serious or fatal crashes. Brake campaigns assistant Greg Marah looks at how younger drivers can be protected and what more could be done. 

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Aug
18

Avoiding bad habits: Advice to new drivers

Avoiding bad habits: Advice to new drivers

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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Aug
13

Automated vehicles: silver bullet or fools’ gold?

Automated vehicles: silver bullet or fools’ gold?

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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Aug
11

Brand or safety: what’s driving car buyers?

Brand or safety: what’s driving car buyers?

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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