Barrow Specsavers recently helped to support Road Safety Week, a national event when road safety charity Brake and thousands of supporters across the country aim to raise awareness of the dangers on the roads.  

This year the campaign, supported by Specsavers, asked us all to remember a time when children skipped happily to school, cyclists rode through parks without noisy traffic speeding past and people would walk down their street, stopping to catch up with a neighbour. 

If you find it hard to remember a time when this was the norm, you’re not alone. These days, the reality is that many of us are time-starved and step out of the door and straight into a car to get to our destination, whether that’s school, work or leisure activities. 

More cars on the road

With more cars on the road than ever before, Brake wants to encourage us all to leave the car at home as much as possible. Driving less can make a huge difference to road safety.

If you are about leave the car at home and make an effort to walk or cycle more, or even if driving is unavoidable, it’s important to stay safe by being aware of other road users particularly now the dark nights are upon us all. Roads are a much more dangerous place when it’s dark and our vision is limited. 

Ways to stay safe during dark winter months

There are things we can all do to stay safe on the roads during the dark winter months and indeed all year round. 

Pedestrians can make sure they are seen by wearing bright clothing or a high vis vest, as it can be quite difficult for motorists to see pedestrians in limited light. Dusk is a particularly hazardous time, especially as this is when children are walking to and from school. 

Walkers should also remove their headphones while crossing the road, so they can hear cars approaching and reduce the risk of an accident.

Motorists should have regular sight check ups

Motorists can make sure they have good vision for driving by having regular check-ups. Eyesight can change gradually and we often don’t notice the change. It’s important to have your eyes tested at least every two years or whenever you are concerned about your vision.

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