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Road safety

Speed is still the biggest single factor in crashes, even in cities, but when you add drink, drugs and tiredness, it can spell disaster.

We all have a responsibility to make the roads safer, as drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists, pedestrians or passengers…we can all do our bit to keep our streets a safe place for all.

Latest initiatives

Be Bright Be Seen

We in conjunction with Safer Roads Humber are urging cyclists and other vulnerable road users to wear something bright this winter. It doesn’t have to be high visibility, even brightly coloured clothes help keep people safe.

For a limited time only, there are a number of visibility packs available for free at the Cycle Hub in Paragon Interchange. To get your free pack, register by visiting the Cycle Hub between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday. Stock is limited and will be provided on a first come first served basis.

Free car seat checks

car seats check

Did you know that 8 out of 10 seats tested in Hull were found not to be fitted correctly? Even a brand new seat fitted incorrectly can cause severe injuries, as the video of the crash test below shows. Most people think that as car design makes cars safer each year then car seats become less important. They forget that all the safety features we rely on are designed for adults and not children, now injuries to children in cars are on the increase.

Road safety always recommends you buy a car seat from a retailer who offers a fitting service as a few pounds saved online or from a discounter can not only be a false economy but a life changing experience too.

That is why Hull City Council in partnership with Good Egg Safety will be running a series of car seat clinics throughout the year, check below to find out when the next one is.

Check out the crash test video of a counterfeit car seat bought online (opens in a new window)

Find your nearest or next clinic (opens in a new window)

Rusty Riders logo'Rusty Riders'

In partnership with Sustrans, First Step Sports and the Bike Hub we have launched free adult cycle training called 'Rusty Riders’. Dates are available throughout the year and across the city. This two and a half hour programme is designed for existing and returning to cycling adults that wish to learn the skills and build confidence on the city's roads. Attendees will learn how to position themselves safely, right through to riding at major intersections, with the help of a team of qualified cycling instructors.

No bike? No worries, free cycle hire is available on the day, just ask.

To book a place and register online, please visit the website below.

Access the First Step website (link opens in a new window)

Alternatively telephone First Step on 01482 218 753.

When booking, you will pay a £5 deposit and on your completion you will receive some free cycling accessories and your £5 will be refunded too (If you fail to attend, the deposit will go towards the cost of the programme).

So, if the Tour de France, Tour de Yorkshire or even the successful Sky Rides inspire you, there has never been a better time to get in the saddle!

Discounted driver assessment for drivers 26 and under and 55 and over

If you want to improve and get more enjoyment out of driving, as a Hull resident you can take a driving refresher course for just £15 (usual price £45). The course is offered by the IAM in partnership with the Hull City Council Road safety team.

This course includes a personal driving assessment that promotes safer driving, picks up any bad habits and demonstrates ways to drive more economically. For younger drivers it will give be a great refresher and for older drivers it will give you confidence to continue driving safely into the future.

In addition to this, you can go on to do the full IAM Advanced Driving Licence and you'll be credited with £45 towards the cost of that course. By taking this course you can also benefit from a reduction in insurance costs.

Find out more about the courses and get your discount code (link opens in a new window)

Sorry Mate I Didn't See You                                        Check your mirrors

One of the biggest causes of accidents with two wheeled vehicles on our roads is the 'failure to look properly', or as the Police are often told 'sorry mate I didn't see you' (SMIDSY for short).

The number of cyclists and motorcycles are growing rapidly over the years so car drivers need to remember to check ALL mirrors prior to turning.

Cyclists and motorcyclists can do their bit too by making themselves more visible by wearing bright coats, high visibilty vests and lights, (even during daylight), and be especially cautious at traffic lights, particularly on the inside of buses and heavy goods vehicles. The number of blind spots around these types of vehicles is very high.  

Roads are a community resource with shared responsibilities - let's help each other to arrive home safely.

A joint initiative between Safer Roads Partnerships in York, The Humber, South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire has been devised to help people to become safer on our roads.

Access the Someone's son website (link opens in a new window)

Contact us

Road safety
Hull City Council
Floor 2
Festival House
93 Jameson Street

Tel: 01482 300 300
Text phone: 01482 300 349

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