Drivers to be safe this Bonfire Night!
Fireworks can be a source of distraction and danger for drivers. So we’ve put together some tips to help you stay safe this Bonfire Night.
Remember, remember, the 5th of November…
The 5th of November sparks tradition for many. Bonfires and fireworks will light the sky across the UK in memory of the Gunpowder Plot. While the sky will be alive with beautiful sights, this night can pose many risks for drivers. So we’re here to help and have put together some top tips ahead of Bonfire Night!
1. Don’t drive unless it’s essential
Driving in the dark and on bonfire night can pose many risks, so we advise you avoid driving unless you really need to. The roads are likely to be filled with other motorists and children may be out watching firework displays from afar. So, staying indoors might be the best option to avoid potential hazards.
2. Plan your route
Firework displays are common across the UK on Bonfire Night and can be troublesome for many road users. The roads in many areas around this time of year can be closed off, allowing easy and safe access to pedestrians. Therefore, it is important you plan your route beforehand to avoid disruption.
3. Watch out for animals
Bonfire Night can be a noisy time of year which is frightening to many animals. According to the Blue Cross, the chances of your pet running away from home is heightened this time of year. It is important that you keep an eye out for such animals not to injure them as they run. The Blue Cross also advise that you check under your car before setting off, as animals tend to hide under cars when they’re frightened.
4. Don’t get distracted
If you are driving in close proximity to a firework display, bare the loud noises and flashing lights in mind. It is important that you keep your eyes on the road whilst you drive. Getting distracted by the fireworks can cause road traffic collisions and injury to you and others involved. If you really want to watch the firework display, stop in a safe location to do so.
5. Drive with care
On Bonfire Night, young children may fill the streets, watching local firework displays from afar. To avoid an incident, make sure you are vigilant, especially in poorly lit residential areas. During the darker winter months, vehicles are more likely to hit pedestrians, so bare this in mind and drive slowly.
Now that you’re clued up, why not check out our Car Sharing Insurance to transport you and your friends to a firework display near you!