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Road Safety Week: 17-23 November 2014

Kwik Fit | Monday 17th November 2014 9:00am

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Today (Monday) marks the start of Road Safety Week and Kwik Fit is getting involved in this year’s campaign to urge road users to look out for each other and save lives on the road.

The campaign, which is being launched by road safety charity Brake, is calling for all road users to be more mindful of their surroundings and other road users in order help prevent the five deaths and 61 serious injuries that occur on our roads every day.

To mark the launch of Road Safety Week, Brake revealed today shocking statistics that show that one million fixed penalty notices were issued to drivers in 2013 for speeding or careless driving – that’s almost two every minute.

This year’s campaign is calling on all road users to show patience, responsibility and consideration towards other road users, especially pedestrians and cyclists who are particularly vulnerable. By taking simple steps, like slowing down to 20mph in urban areas, taking longer to look at junctions and giving cyclists more room, it is hoped that many lives can be saved.

One of the key ways in which drivers can keep themselves and others safe on the roads is by making sure their vehicle receives regular preventative maintenance. Therefore, as part of Road Safety Week, we are encouraging drivers to come in for a free brake and tyre check at any of our 650 centres across the UK. Properly functioning brakes are a vital safety feature on all motor vehicles, especially in the wet and cold conditions of winter when stopping distances can be more than doubled by surface water or ice.

Tyre tread also deteriorates over time and if you have less than 3mm of tread remaining on your tyres it could take you longer to come to a complete stop than you realise. Front axle tyres will last an average of 20,000 miles but if you are in any doubt about the quality of your tyres, call into your local Kwik Fit and we will take a look. Remember, it is against the law to run tyres that have less than 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three quarters of the tyre and if you cause a road accident as a result of poorly maintained tyres or brakes, the police can decide to prosecute.

Joe Burns from Brake commented: “We are delighted that Kwik Fit is supporting Road Safety Week and urge as many drivers as possible to use this week as a reminder to get their brakes and tyres checked.”


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