The three Cs of road safety
For many, last week marked the start of a new school term, which means more traffic on the roads as children are ferried to and from school, plus lots of youngsters walking or waiting around for buses and lifts. During this busy period, especially in built up areas around schools, courteous driving is extremely important.
David Williams MBE, CEO of road safety charity and breakdown cover company GEM Motoring Assist, believes that the three Cs of safe driving – care, courtesy and concentration – need to be practiced by all road users. Adhering to these three points, GEM urges, could help to prevent many of today’s traffic accidents, particularly during peak times when roads are at their busiest.
David comments: “More often than not, it appears that courtesy is hard to come by on our roads. Too many drivers seem to adopt a ‘cavalier’ attitude, not even acknowledging signals and courteous gestures, nor displaying them themselves.
“However, courtesy can be infectious, and if another driver shows consideration to you by simple gestures, such as allowing you from a side turning or into a stream of traffic, it is more than likely that you will show similar courtesy to other drivers further along the road.
“With lots of children and youngsters around at this time of year, it is vital that motorists set a good example and display courtesy towards all other road users.
“To help drive home the importance of the three Cs, we believe that courtesy should be given much more prominence during driving lessons and in the driving test. Care, courtesy and concentration are good habits that we need to encourage in motorists from when they first start learning.”