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Motorists urged to make a new start and eradicate bad driving habits

A road safety group is calling on drivers to make a New Year’s resolution — to eradicate bad driving habits.

A spokesman for the Bermuda Road Safety Council said: “A new year brings a new start and with that the BRSC is encouraging motorists to aim for better driving behaviours.

"We encourage all road users to do their part in reducing road collisions and fatalities on our roads.“

The BRSC suggested some safety tips for cyclists and the driver or passenger of a motorcycle including:

• wear a protective helmet that complies with regulations, that is the correct size and securely fastened, and wear light-coloured or fluorescent clothing in the daytime and reflective clothing or accessories in the dark

For car drivers it suggested tips including:

• making sure that all children under the age of 14 wear a seatbelt or sit in an approved child restraint and to make sure signals, such as indicators, are used.

For pedestrians or joggers it suggested safety tips including:

• wear or carry something light-coloured, bright or fluorescent in poor daylight conditions, and when it is dark use reflective materials.

The spokesman added: “Additionally, when driving or riding, you should always look and listen for emergency services vehicles using flashing blue or red lights, sirens or flashing headlights.

“When one approaches, do not panic. Consider the route and direction of travel of the vehicle and take appropriate action to create a path to avoid impeding its progress.

“The aim is to allow the ambulance, fire vehicle or police car to safely pass your location.”

• For the full statement from the BRSC see related media.

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Published January 13, 2023 at 7:52 am (Updated January 13, 2023 at 7:39 am)

Motorists urged to make a new start and eradicate bad driving habits

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