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Northgate Vehicle Hire aims to make drivers safer

15 June 2010

Northgate Vehicle Hire, teamed up with Brake, the national road safety charity, to raise the importance of safe and economical driving.

On the UK roads, eight people are killed every day and over seventy are seriously injured. Road crashes that involve drivers at work are estimated at 200 deaths or serious injuries a week. These crashes involve drivers using cars, vans and trucks.

With the aim of reducing the number of crashes, Northgate is distributing a free Driver Safety Guide to help drivers be safer on the roads.

The guide provides guidance and legislative information on road safety whilst also offering drivers and companies an optional self assessment. The guide will include issues such as drink and drug driving, driver tiredness, vehicle maintenance, speeding, reversing and driving whilst using a mobile phone.

Colin Gilstin Health & Safety Manager at Northgate Vehicle Hire said, “As a vehicle hire company, road safety is very important to us. Helping drivers to be more aware about the problems in preparation for and whilst driving, will hopefully decrease the number of crashes and deaths on our roads.”

Katie Shephard, spokesperson for Brake, says: “Shockingly, one in three crashes involves a vehicle being driven for work. Through the Driver Safety Guide, Northgate is raising awareness about vital issues that will help keep drivers safe and Brake applauds Northgate’s ongoing commitment to road safety.”

Approximately 18% of all deaths on the road involved drivers who were over the legal alcohol limit.

For more information, download the free guide here.

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