The North Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership Newsletter ROADS 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. SAFER 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 weight. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 ZONES PROTECT out there WINTER DRIVING – TIPS PUPILS 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 casualty 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 www.northlincs.gov.uk 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 arrows). 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.