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					The North Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership Newsletter

    Save fuel, save money
    With fuel costs high and finances tight, getting the best fuel consumption and reducing other costs of
    motoring has become more important. Here’s how you can save money on your driving expenses.

                                                            cut emissions. If you commute by
                                                            car, think about car sharing, park-
                                                            and-ride schemes or public
                                                                                                                   Reduce the drag – remove roof
                                                                                                                   racks, bike racks and carriers
                                                                                                                   when they are not being used.
                                                            transport.                                             Driving with the window open
                                                                                                                   also increases drag and lowers
                                                            Have your vehicle serviced                             fuel economy – especially over
                                                            regularly – this helps keep it                         40mph. Remove unnecessary
                                                            running efficiently. Under-                            heavy items from the boot.
                                                            serviced cars can be 10 per cent                                                                           > Winter driving tips
                                                            less efficient.
                                                                                                                                                                       > Scooter survival
                                                                                                                                                                       > School safety
     On the shortest journeys (less
     than two miles) walk or cycle.
     Short journeys with a cold engine
     are very inefficient in fuel
     consumption and produce 60 per                         Check your tyres – correct tyre                        Don’t fill up – filling the tank half
     cent more pollution than a warm                        pressures will keep wear down                          full means you are carrying
     engine.                                                and fuel economy up.                                   around a lot less unnecessary

                                                            Using the air-conditioning
                                                            increases fuel consumption by 10
     Plan your journey – take the                           to 14 per cent.
     shortest route and go off-peak to
     avoid congestion. Sitting in a
     traffic queue means you are doing
     zero miles per gallon. Turning off
     your engine after two minutes of
     standing still will save fuel and                                                                           More driving economy tips in the
                                                                                                                 next issue.

   For more advice on road safety issues please contact the Road Safety Partnership on 01724 297346 or email

   This newsletter is produced by The North Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership -
   North Lincolnshire Council, Humberside Police, Humberside Fire & Rescue Service, East Midlands Ambulance NHS Trust, Scunthorpe Telegraph and the Highways Agency.
The North Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership Newsletter

                                                                                        It’s a jungle
   PROTECT                                                                                  out there
                                                                                                                                WINTER DRIVING – TIPS
          he first School Safety Zone                                                                                           FOR ICE AND SNOW
   T      (SSZ) in North Lincolnshire
          was created around four
   years ago to tackle congestion
   problems identified by school
   travel plans. Today there are 10
   zones with another three planned
   over the next year. All have a              Each time we get in our vehicles,       Here’s what Britain’s pressurised
   voluntary no-stopping restriction                                                                                            In winter, the chances of ice and snow affecting the roads is      • Clutch, acceleration, steering and braking should be
                                               we face a whole range of dangers        sales reps admit to:
   and a 20mph limit while the zone                                                                                             greater and it is essential you adjust your driving to the           smooth and progressive. Brake early!
                                               from other drivers. And many of          41% being late for an                   constantly changing conditions. Always drive within your
   is working at the beginning and             them are doing lots of things other                                                                                                                 • Watch out for bridges – they freeze first and thaw last.
                                                                                            appointment                         own and your vehicle’s capabilities.
   end of the school day. This works           than driving.                                                                                                                                       • Black ice is almost invisible, and reduces grip to zero.
   because the school, parents and                                                      20% thinking about the next call         • Watch other road users to see how they react to the
                                                      know…                                 while driving                                                                                          • In a front wheel skid – take your foot off the
                                               Did you e Transport Act
   residents give a high level of                                                                                                  conditions ahead and react to what you see.
   support to the scheme and show a                                                     13% driving while on the mobile                                                                              accelerator, consider pushing the clutch in and steer
                                                         nder th            Patrols         phone                                • Stopping distances can increase dramatically in winter            smoothly. When the tyres grip again steer your vehicle
   determination to improve pupil               ...that u           ossing
                                                          chool Cr                                                                 – up to 10 times more than normal. Stay focused, look
   safety through a number of                    2000, S                elp any         11% being up since 5am                                                                                       back on course.
                                                               ffic to h                                                           further ahead for hazards, and stay far enough behind
                                                  can stop tra           r adult
                                                                                        9% having a bad day                                                                                        • In a rear wheel skid – the back of your vehicle will
   initiatives.                                                   child o                                                          the vehicle in front to stop if it brakes or loses control.
   School travel plans aim to reduce               pedes trian –                                                                                                                                     swing out sideways and may cause a spin if you don’t
                                                                                        6% road rage
                                                            e road.
   car use on the school run and                   cross th                                                                      • In slippery conditions consider setting off in second             correct it quickly. Lift off the accelerator, consider
   increase the amount of sustainable                                                                                              gear and drive in the highest gear possible.                      pushing the clutch in and steer in the direction of the
   travel. The zones, along with all
   the other initiatives in travel plans,
                                              NEAR MISS WEB PAGE                                                                 • Always aim to stay on gritted roads – even then
                                                                                                                                   overtaking can be dangerous. Give yourself more
                                                                                                                                                                                                     skid so that the front wheels continue to point in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                     direction you want to travel. This requires quick
   have helped to cut the number of           The council                              record those that happen to you or          journey time.                                                     reactions, a cool head and a smooth response.
   school runs by car in North                analyses road                            that you see. This isn’t for reporting
   Lincolnshire by 40,000 this year.
   More importantly, all schools with
   safety zones have reported a safer
                                              statistics to
                                                                                       highway faults or traffic offences but
                                                                                            incidents such as a vehicle         Roundabout rules                                                         Scooter survival
                                              pick up problem                                      pulling out of a junction    Many drivers are unsure how         have to take particular care.         High petrol and diesel costs mean more people
   environment outside at start and           areas and carry out schemes to                        and nearly hitting          to deal with a mini                 However they should still give        are turning to mopeds and scooters for cheaper
   finish times.                              reduce the number of people hurt on                   another. We also need to    roundabout. In short, it is the     way to traffic from the right.        travel. Many young people also use them as an
   Unfortunately, SSZs are not                the roads. To help build a better                  hear about near-miss           same as any normal                  It is an offence to drive over        affordable way to get to work or college. Here are
   suitable for all schools due to the        picture of what’s happening on the       incidents involving mopeds,              roundabout. Give way to traffic     the central part of a mini            some tips for survival:
   road layout, on-street parking and         roads it needs more information on       scooters and motorbikes.                 from the right; stop at the                roundabout – you can
   other safety issues. In these cases        those incidents that nearly result in    Go to and                                                                                      • Get trained – trainers are experienced bikers
                                                                                                                                give way line if you                            receive a fixed
   other ways to reduce car use and           a collision. A ‘near-miss’ page on the   type “near miss reporting form” in                                                                                     – learn from them.
                                                                                                                                need to, and go                                   penalty fine.
   improve safety have to be used.            council website enables you to           the search box.                                                                                                      • Keep your distance – at least 12m behind the
                                                                                                                                clockwise round the                                 Avoid making
                                                                                                                                centre marking (in                                       U-turns at a         vehicle in front at 20mph, and 23m at 30mph.

   Targeting accident blackspots                                                                                                the direction of the
                                                                                                                                                                                    mini roundabout
                                                                                                                                                                                    and watch out
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Stay behind lorries in traffic queues – left
                                                                                                                                                                                                              side is suicide. If you go up the inside of
    All collisions involving personal         At the Church Lane/Kingsway              to signs and lines completed the         At some junctions there                           for others doing            lorries, their turning circle will take you out.
    injury on North Lincolnshire roads        junction in Scunthorpe there were 21     work at the junction. Traffic finding    are two or more mini                           this – it can catch
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Be visible – switch lights on and wear hi-viz.
    are recorded and analysed. From this      injury collisions between 2000 and       a different route has not put            roundabouts. Treat each one         you out.
    the council can identify locations        2007. Many involved turning right        pressure on other roads and there’s      separately and follow the           Mini roundabouts are put at             • Wear the right gear – coming off your bike,
    causing concern and, where it may         out of Church Lane, although only        now less congestion at the junction      normal rules.                       junctions to allow traffic to             even at 20mph, will shred your clothes and
    be possible to reduce the number of       15 per cent of traffic actually made     – the few cars turning right held up     Large vehicles such as lorries      flow freely and if everyone               skin. Get a biking jacket that will protect you
    injuries, carry out work on the road.     this manoeuvre.                          many waiting to turn left.               and buses are physically            applies the rules properly,               and a good quality helmet.
                                              To cut the chances of this               The junction will be monitored over
    In a series of articles we will look at                                                                                     unable to go around a mini          vehicles can flow smoothly in           • Read the road – see the danger. Look for
                                              happening, a traffic regulation order    the next three years to check how
    Local Safety Schemes, the work that                                                                                         roundabout and their drivers        all directions.                           hazards that are going to affect you before
                                              was made, banning right turns from       well the changes have reduced
    was carried out, and its impact.                                                                                                                                                                          you get near them.
                                              Church Lane into Kingsway. Changes       casualties.

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