Published on Tuesday 22 November 2016 in Van News
Road Safety Week is the UK's biggest road safety event, co-ordinated annually by Brake, and involves thousands of schools, organisations, individuals and communities each year.
Road Safety Week is all about raising awareness of road safety and promoting steps that everyone can take to stop needless deaths and injuries year-round.
The Week aims to inspire communities to take action on road safety and promote life-saving messages. We all take safety on the roads seriously, but a week like this is a great opportunity for individuals, organisations and business to show their support for something we all try to practice every time we get in our vehicle.
Van drivers help make the roads safer
In the UK, van traffic has increased nationally by 12% since 2013, meaning there's now over 4 million vans covering more than 45 billion miles on UK roads annually. This is great news for road safety because it means that the roads are filled with drivers who, statistically speaking, are some of the safest on the road. Van drivers have fewer accidents, they have fewer insurance claims (68% have none) and are generally more road savvy thanks to the sheer amount of driving they do.
The vans themselves are also getting safer thanks to standard options such as power steering and ABS brakes, and even more advanced safety features, such as reversing cameras, parking sensors and black boxes, readily available. And vans aren't just getting safer, these days they're also more comfortable to drive with options such as leather interiors and heated seats to pick from.
Make the pledge
Every year, Road Safety Week chooses a theme to focus the media campaign on, and for 2016 that theme is the Brake Pledge. At the heart of the Pledge is the idea that by changing our driving behaviour, we can help to make our villages, towns and cities safer places to be.
The Brake Pledge comprises six elements – Slow, Sober, Secure, Silent, Sharp and Sustainable – and you can find out more about them and what they mean here.
You can go even further and show everyone that you're making the pledge by downloading and printing out the "Make the pledge" selfie board, and tweeting your selfies to @Brakecharity with the hashtag #RoadSafetyWeek or #brakepledge so everyone can admire your photos.
Finally, if any of our customers are involved in fund-raising events, we'd love to hear about them – just send us a tweet to @Vanarama with the hashtag #RoadSafetyWeek. Stay safe, everyone!