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.
Oct
20

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?
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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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Oct
04

Why I'm taking the Brake Pledge for Road Safety Week

Why I'm taking the Brake Pledge for Road Safety Week

November will again play host to Road Safety Week, the UK's flagship road safety event.This Road Safety Week will have focus on the six aspects of the Brake Pledge. Brake's Communications and campaigns advisor Alice Bailey looks forward to the event and explains why Road Safety Week is focusing on that pledge.

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Aug
11

How To Improve Your Braking Distance

How To Improve Your Braking Distance

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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Jul
01

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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Apr
05

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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