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Safe & Social Driving

Gloucestershire Safe and Social Driving LogoThe Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership is committed to working with everyone to ensure each journey made is as safe as possible. An important aim is to increase sociable driving as we believe that this will result in more peaceful and happy communities where we all share the road safely and think more about each other’s needs. This is why we have launched our sociable driver campaign.

What is a safe and social driver?

Safe and sociable journeys start with each and every one of us, and if we all treat other road users in the way we wish to be treated ourselves, then it would make for travel between two points better for everyone.

Safe and social driving questionnaire

Please take our Safe & Social Driving Questionnaire

Please take a few minutes to complete our safe and social driving questionnaire, your answers will help us understand more to get the best out of the campaign. If you have problems viewing the form, please use our alternative form...

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Safe and social driving advice 

At roundabouts when other drivers don’t bother to signal…

  • Unsure? Hold back & don’t assume.
  • Make sure you are signalling when appropriate.
  • Which direction is the driver looking?

When another driver makes a mistake…

  • Be calm.
  • All drivers make mistakes.

 When a driver overtakes a cyclist too close, too fast…

  • Allow time and space before pulling out.
  • Give plenty of ‘wobble-room’ for cyclists.

 When a driver lets me into their lane…

  • Be courteous.
  • Don’t forget to wave that ‘thank-you!’

 When following a slower vehicle & I can’t overtake…

  • Relax, drop back.
  • Accept these temporary conditions and be patient.

 When overtaken on the motorway and the drive pulls into too close…

  • Stay level headed – accept that all drivers make mistakes.
  • Congratulate yourself for avoiding a collision.
  • Drop back, and keep your distance.

 When I see a driver using a mobile phone…

  • Be aware and give them more room and time.
  • Report them as soon as it’s safe to do so.

 When a driver pulls out of a junction right in front of me…

  • Expect the unexpected.
  • Anticipate the actions of the other driver.
  • Put your car as far away from the danger as possible.

When I am in a queue of traffic and the slow driver pulls in to let us all pass…

  • Be courteous.
  • Don’t forget to wave that ‘thank-you!’

When drivers ignore temporary slower speeds past a school during school opening times…

  • Speed signs are not targets to aim for.
  • Think of others, the limit is there for a reason.
  • Stay slow for safety.

The Evidence 

A new study from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Goodyear has concluded that aggressive behaviour on the road by one driver causes others to behave in a similar fashion.

The study by the LSE and the tyre manufacturer Goodyear, found that drivers’ choices of behaviour on the road trigger what is described as a ‘ripple effect’.

In a survey of nearly 9,000 drivers from 15 European countries, 87% of those surveyed agreed that considerate driving by others can prompt them, in turn, to be considerate to other drivers.

Conversely, 55% admitted that when irritated or provoked on the road by one driver, they may be more likely to take it out on another.

The report suggests a ‘simple act of kindness or one of aggression can initiate a chain of events creating an environment that is either comfortable and safer, or stressful and more dangerous for drivers’.

For more information on the report please click here.

A huge thumbs up! for safe and sociable drivers, because they make their journeys thinking about others – and don’t forget, to all drivers you are one of the ‘others’ too!

Please take our Safe & Social Driving Questionnaire

Please take a few minutes to complete our safe and social driving questionnaire, your answers will help us understand more to get the best out of the campaign. If you have problems viewing the form, please use our alternative form...

Read more about 'Please take our Safe & Social Driving Questionnaire'

Safe and Social Driving Advice

At roundabouts when other drivers don’t bother to signal… Unsure? Hold back & don’t assume. Make sure you are signalling when appropriate. Which direction is the driver looking? When another drive makes a mistake… Be calm. All drivers make mistakes....

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Safe & Social Driving: Alternative / Economical Travel

Thank you for being a safe and sociable driver, but have you considered alternative methods of transport, with the added benefits of reducing carbon emissions, less stress and more cost effective. Here are some useful websites to get you started:...

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