Road Safety for Drivers
Ceredigion County Council is comitted to raising awareness of safer driving in Ceredigion. This page provides advice on safer driving, as well as information on schemes and training initiatives organised by the Road Safety Section.
Safety Advice for Drivers
Drivers can increase their safety on Ceredigion's roads by following a number of simple steps:
- Drive at a sensible speed. Keep to the speed limits, or lower, if the situation requires extra care.
- Make sure your car is kept well-maintained. Perform regular checks of the engine, tyres, brakes.
- Stay away from drugs and alcohol. Drugs, even legal medication, and alcohol can severely impair your ability to drive, and could lead to a fine, prison time, or worse.
- Don't answer the phone. Using a mobile phone without a hands-free kit while driving is illegal. Pull over and turn the engine off, or ignore the call. Using a hand-held phone while driving could get your 3 points on your license and a £60 fine.
- Make sure everyone in the car is wearing a seatbelt.
- Take extra care in severe conditions- rain, snow, ice.
- Be aware of road users requiring extra care- horses, cyclists, motorbikers, pedestrians.
By following this advice, drivers can help keep our roads safe.
Safety in the Car
The Council's Road Safety Section are organise campaigns/initiatives to highlight the importance of 'In Car Safety'; with qualified personnel on hand to advise parents/guardians and suggest ways of increasing their child safety in the car. All child car seats must comply with the new law (since September 2006).
What is the new law?
Children under 3 years MUST use the child restraint appropriate for their weight in any vehicle (including vans and other goods vehicle).
Rear facing baby seats MUST NOT be used in a seat protected by a frontal air bag unless the air bag has been deactivated manually or automatically.
In vehicles where seat belts are fitted, children under 3 years to 135 cms in height (approx 4ft 5 inch) MUST use the appropriate child restraint.
Three exceptions allow these children to travel in the rear and use an adult belt:
- in a taxi, if the correct restraint is not available
- for a short distance in an unexpected necessity, if the correct restraint is not available.
- where two child seats in the rear prevent the fitness of a third child seat
If you have any queries regarding 'In Car Safety' or the new child car seat law please come along to one of our campaigns/initiatives or please call the Road Safety Section - 01545 572409
Road Safety Training in Ceredigion
The following are some of the training initiatives and schemes that Ceredigion County Council organises for drivers of all ages:
RTC Awareness course
A project that highlights to young people the tragic consequences of unsafe driving; emphasis on methods to be adopted to prevent incidents from occurring.
This course is taken to Comprehensive schools, Coleg Ceredigion and organised groups such as the YFC movement. The course is divided into two parts; Hazard Awareness from the Road safety section, and Consequences of Careless driving emphasised by the Mid and West Wales fire service.
The course lasts approx 120 mins with 2 road safety DVD's also being shown
An annual initiative organised for teenagers within the local Comprehensive schools, colleges and other local groups. The teenagers receive a day's training in road craft (including talks/presentations from emergency services, road safety department, DSA and numerous other agencies), hazard perception also drink/drug driving, driving related health issues and an opportunity to drive in a controlled environment with a qualified instructor.
Pre-Driver training Simulator
The Pre-Driver Simulator helps the Road Safety Officer explain typical driving dangers, scenarios and essential skills in a way that will interest its target audience. Pre/new Drivers will be able to practice handling emergency situations, vehicle malfunctions and specific manoeuvres.
The Pre/New driver through use of the simulator gains essential driving skills e.g. Clutch control and confidence in facing different driving scenarios. The simulator will be offered to all secondary schools in Ceredigion, Coleg Ceredigion and Learning Centres.
The simulators software programmes include:-
- Emergency braking scenarios
- Follow Braking
- Two second rule
- Rural and urban driving scenarios
- All weather driving scenarios
- Hazard perception
- Drink Drive scenarios
This Driver Training simulator is offered to all Year 12 pupils within every Comprehensive school in Ceredigion and each pupil will receive 30 minutes of supervised training.
The Road Safety Section in partnership with the Mid & West Wales Fire & Rescue Service have developed a Road Safety initiative that specifically addresses the concerns relating to older drivers. The presentation is aimed at drivers aged 50 and over, with a particular focus on the retired age group.
The areas covered include:
- Driver fatigue and Tiredness
- Deteriorating eye-sight
- Increased usage of prescribed drugs
- General effects of ageing
- General Road Safety issues e.g. Drink/drug driving
Eye sight testing Campaign
A campaign that targets drivers aged 30 and over, the road safety section visit various sites using the Road Safety exhibition trailer and testing eye-sight using the Driver Vision screening test.
The main objective of the campaign is to promote the importance of regular eye sight testing and making drivers that participate in the voluntary test aware that their vision perhaps is not up to standard or as good as they deem; with the expectation of those drivers receiving further and regular eye sight testing in the future.
Impact Demonstration Trailer
A project funded by the Community Safety Partnership which highlights to young people the tragic consequences of unsafe driving. Emphasis is on the human cost of such collisions, along with the methods to be adopted to prevent incidents from occurring in the first place.
The trailer is taken around agricultural shows, RTC Awareness courses, and various other organized events.
Pass Plus Cymru
Discover more driving techniques, hints and tips for just £20 (if you're aged between 17-25 and live in Wales). There's no test!
You'll focus on:
- Heading off on the motorway
- Driving techniques and hazard awareness
- Getting around at night
- Coping with busy towns and cities
- Driving on rural country roads
- Thinking ahead.
What do you get from it?
- Better driving skills
- More chance of lower insurance
- Less chance of a collision, or injuring yourself, friends and others.
Pass Plus Cymru is an enhanced version of the standard Pass Plus course and is supported by the Driving Standards Agency.
- It's a short expert-led higher driving course designed to develop techniques, increase awareness and widen experience
- It's available to young people in Wales for just £20 as the rest is covered by Welsh Assembly Government through grant funding to the local authorities.
- Young people are over represented in incident statistics and the Welsh Assembly Government is working with Road Safety Wales to encourage young drivers to become even better drivers with the ultimate objectives of reducing incidents and saving lives.
Look at www.dragondriver.com to book onto a course.
Courses are held at Aberystwyth Fire Station.