Drive SMART is a partnership between Surrey Police and Surrey County Council (including Surrey Fire and Rescue Service), with the aim of reducing road casualties, tackling anti-social driving and making the county's roads safer and less stressful for everyone. Visit www.drivesmartsurrey.org.uk for more Drive SMART information.
Road accidents are the main cause of accidental death in the UK, but taking some simple precautions can help to keep you safe.
Vehicle condition: It's the driver's legal responsibility to ensure that the vehicle they are driving is roadworthy and the driver would receive a fine and points on their licence if the vehicle had a defect. Regular checks should include fuel, lights, fluid levels, tyres and windscreen wipers. It's a good idea to carry spare bulbs and keep light lenses clean.
The area of tyre that is in contact with the road surface is about the size of a CD case, so it’s important that you check your tyres on a regular basis. Most tyres are now fitted with tread wear indicators that show how low that tread depth is. The legal minimum tread depth for a car is 1.6mm across the centre three-quarters of the tyre, around the whole circumference. In winter it is recommended that you have at least 3mm of tread depth to deal with weather conditions and to reduce aquaplaning. The less tread on the tyre, the less grip on the road and the longer the stopping distance becomes. Don’t forget to check the spare wheel at the same time.
Drinking & driving: Even the smallest amount of alcohol can affect a driver's skills without them realising. Everyone is different so it’s best not to have any at all if you are driving or to make alternative travel arrangements.
Speeding: 40mph might not seem very much when sitting behind the wheel, but it will take 36m/120ft to come to a standstill. Always keep your stopping distances in mind.
Abnormal Loads: How do I get a permit to move an abnormal load across Surrey and/or Sussex? Permits will be issued for all movements which are authorised by Surrey and Sussex Police with the exception of loads which are only transiting the force areas via the M3 and/or M25 motorways. However, these loads must adhere to the following criteria:
General conditions for non-motorway movements:
Should you have any queries related to the above conditions or the movement of loads on the road network in Surrey and Sussex do not hesitate to contact the Surrey & Sussex Abnormal Load Office on 01273 404187 Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 12:00.
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