The roads around East Sussex and Brighton and Hove can become very busy over the summer period, with horses and farm vehicles, cyclists and motorbikes, caravans and cars.
Here are some simple steps people can take to ensure they are looking out for each other
- Drivers should always assume that someone, or something, could be around any corner. Slow down, especially round bends and do not overtake when you cannot see what’s ahead.
- Motorists should clean windscreens regularly and keep washer fluid topped up – smears or dirt could affect your vision.
- The sun can dazzle in the summer. Make sure you have a pair of sunglasses handy.
- If you’re on two wheels, wear the right protective clothing and make sure you can be seen.
- Watch out for dehydration – it can affect your concentration. Motorcyclists are particularly at risk due to the heavy protective clothing they wear.
- There is no “safe” level of alcohol. If you are planning to go out for a drink, don’t drive. Please find another way of getting home.
- Cyclists and motorists – as the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents says “treat every road user as if they were a member of your family. Much of the antagonism between drivers and cyclists is due to misunderstanding each other’s needs and actions.
More information can be found on the ROSPA website.
You are more likely to come across tractors and big farm vehicles – so keep your speed down and be patient. Remember their drivers may be wearing ear plugs so they might not hear you.
This area is very popular with horse riders. We need to show consideration for each other and share the roads.
Deer in particular can cause accidents, with drivers braking suddenly to avoid them. The slower you go, the easier it will be to stop safely.