Road safety charity IAM RoadSmart has renewed its calls for car makers and smartphone manufacturers to work with the government to develop a technological solution to distracted drivers – saying that
simply hoping that drivers will ‘do the right thing’ is not enough.
Driving with young children can sometimes be stressful when trying to keep an eye on both them and the road. This week is back-to-school for many and a new wave of under-fives will be going to nursery. Here are some safety tips for driving with young children from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.
Child car seats are a must. A child must use a car seat until they are 12 years old or 135cm tall, whichever comes first. There are different legal conditions around the type of child seats you can use based on the age and height of your child. If you’re unsure, seek professional advice from a child seat provider. You can find out more via http://www.goodeggcarsafety.com/
Make sure your child is as comfortable as possible and take off any thick coats as they can interfere with the correct operation of the child seat in a collision. Consider getting an extra child rear view mirror if you like to keep an eye on what’s happening on the back seat. Make sure it doesn’t obscure your forward view
Pack for success. Bring your child’s favourite toys, games or books to keep them entertained whilst riding in the car. Playing games such as ‘I spy’, allows the child’s focus to be on the surroundings, making it easier for you to get to your destination. Be careful to not get distracted yourself
Pack lots of small and healthy snacks. In case of a delay you want to be prepared.Keeping a cooler bag with you packed with nibbles like carrot sticks, grapes, raisins, juice boxes is a great distraction
Plan your journey. Try to arrange stops with the children in mind and let them burn off some energy.
Richard said: “If travelling a long distance try to arrange your travel to coincide with nap time or bed time – this may make for a more relaxing drive for you and the children. For short journeys encourage simple games. It not only distracts but can be educational too.”
“Sometimes the entertainment is just listening to the conversations your children have when they think you are not listening. There are lots of blogs and tips on websites such as Mumsnet and Gransnet on achieving in-car happiness. And remember that if you do have to stop, make sure it’s in a safe place for you, your passengers and other road users.”
Works on Birmingham Road outside IBM, closing the entrance, may be ongoing till 22 Sep- this was only originally 5&6 Sep. This is causing long queues towards Hatton and Warwick Parkway till well after rush hour.
Europa Way traffic lights between Gallows Hill and Greys Mallory 7-9 Sep
Fosse Way traffic lights north of railway bridge near Harbury turn 12-30 Sep
Harbury Lane near new housing opposite Cicero Approach, now ongoing till 2Dec
A426 Southam, towards Stockton traffic lights 12 Sep-30 Nov
Montague Road, Warwick stop/go boards near The Ridgeway 13-16 Sep
St Helens Road Leamington 8-12 Sep near Hitchman Road then 16-22 Sep near Wych Elm Drive
Mortimer Road Kenilworth crossorads near chip shop(Chips and Fishes) multiway signals 13-15 Sep
With IAM RoadSmart marking its 60th anniversary this year, the charity is offering 60 of its Advanced Driver or Rider courses to the first 60 people who phone in for just £60, in a special offer available from Tuesday 23 August.
To take up the offer, anyone interested will need to visit IAM RoadSmart’s Facebook or Twitter sites to obtain the redemption code and phone 0300 303 1134 to book. The code will be posted at 9.30am on 23 August.
IAM RoadSmart’s Advanced Driver and Rider courses usually retail for £149. The course places candidates with their local IAM RoadSmart group and offers a regular series of sessions to help them gain a greater enjoyment of driving and riding, and help them become a safer driver or rider.
More than half-a-million people have taken IAM RoadSmart Advanced Driver and Rider courses since the organisation was established in 1956.
After extensive research into available venues we have now booked the skittles alley at the Masons Arms, Welford Rd, Long Marston, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 8RG, from 7:30 pm until about 10pm on Wednesday 24th August. Where possible we may be able to help organise car sharing for those wishing to do so.
Food will be provided and the cost will be about £10.00 per head for a mixed buffet and a member of the pub staff to act as “stacker” during our match. If you have special dietary requirements, please let us know.
This presents an excellent opportunity to meet our friends from Solihull Group as well as some from Stratford that you may not see very often.
Please support us in this and our other ventures this year. The interest shown in such events will help shape our future Social Events calendars and enable us to provide events of interest to a wide range of Stratford members. We are essentially a “training” organisation but we do want an active and interesting social content for the benefit of our existing members.
The next IAM Roadsmart Advanced Driver course will start on Sunday 25th September at 9:30 am. As previously mentioned this course will start at the new venue at Myton School. For more information about the course please complete the contact form or visit www.iamroadsmart.com