Keep road safe
Keep road safe
According to the NHS, in 2013, more than 1 person out of every 3 (over 33 per cent) that was killed or seriously injured in a road accident was a pedestrian. For children, the NHS says this figure was 7 in 10 (70 per cent).
Whether you are a passenger in a car, driving the car, or walking along the road it is essential to pay attention to road safety.
The Solihull Council website has extensive road safety advice and information.
The NHS Choices website also has information and advice for everyone who drives.
Vulnerable people and pedestrian safety
Walking is great for keeping fit and active and taking a breath of fresh air. It is also great for people who have recently left hospital or have ongoing health and care needs.
With many parks,local nature reserves and walking trails, Solihull is also an ideal town and borough for going for a walk.
However, it is essential that we all stay safe on the road.
It helps if you can understand our own abilities, such as being aware of your own:
If you need help walking and moving around, it may help to learn about:
If you are an older person, someone with a physical or learning disability, have a long-term medical condition or are a carer worried about road safety, you can also get help and advice from your local Community Information and Advice Hub in:
It is also important to make sure that you cross the road using pedestrian crossings, such as Zebra Crossings and Pelican Crossings.
If there is a road that you think needs a new pedestrian crossing in Solihull you can visit the Solihull Council website for more information.
You can also visit the Solihull Council website for more information about road safety in the borough.
Children and road safety
Walking younger children to school is a good thing, helping to promote fitness, build confidence and get them out and enjoying the fresh air. It is also good to teach them a greater level of independence as they get older.
However, it does increase their risk of being involved in a road accident.
Parents and carers for children are the best people to teach road safety to children, but there is a lot of information and advice to help too, such as:
- The Green Cross Code
- the Government’s THINK! road safety campaign
- the Living Street’s Walk to School campaign
- the THINK! Campaign Tales of the Road - an innovative online animated series focused on road safety
Solihull Council also carries out a wide range of activities and campaigns to promote and ensure road safety for children, including:
Advice for older drivers
According to The AA, there are more and more older drivers on the roads of the UK. The driving organisation says that by 2030, more than 9 in 10 (90 per cent) of men over the age of 70 will be driving.
If you are an older driver, it is important to consider that your driving skills will reduce as you get older. This could risk your personal safety and the safety of others on the road.
Things to consider include:
- eyesight and hearing
- frailty, strength and energy levels
- response times to sudden events
To help you stay safe, independent help and advice is available from:
If you are worried about your own driving, or the driving of a family member or loved one, friend or someone you care for, Age UK has advice and information which could help.
Reapplying for your driving licence over 70
Once you are over 70 years old you will need to reapply for your driving licence.
You will need to continue to declare that you are fit enough to drive and reapply for your driving licence every 3 years after you turn 70.
You can find out more about renewing your licence at 70 from the government’s Gov.UK website. You will need to create a Government Gateway account.