IAM RoadSmart response to Key Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2015 statistics

Independent road safety charity IAM RoadSmart has responded to the Key Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2015 statistics published today by Transport Scotland.

The 2015 provisional figures show there were 10,950 reported road casualties – 357 or 3% fewer than 2014 – the lowest figure recorded – of which there were 162 fatalities: 41 (or 20%) fewer than 2014; 1,597 people seriously injured: 107 (or 6%) fewer than 2014; and 9,191 people slightly injured: 209 (or 2%) fewer than 2014.

Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart director of policy and research said: “It’s good news that the long term downward trends in deaths and serious injuries on Scotland’s roads continue but the figures are still far too high.

“With over three deaths a week it is essential that the Scottish government continues its successful partnership approach to road safety in which IAM RoadSmart plays an important part.

“Joint working and clear targets are clearly having a positive impact. Continued investment in better roads, plus recent suggestions that Scotland might finally introduce speed awareness courses and drug-driving laws mean the country is well placed to make further gains.”

BSB star Hickman special guest at IAM RoadSmart birthday party

British Superbike star Peter Hickman has been confirmed as a special guest at the IAM RoadSmart 60th anniversary bike party on 2 July at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.

Peter, or Hicky as he is better known, races this year for the JG Speedfit Kawasaki Team and currently stands eighth in the series with one win so far. By coincidence his race number is 60 in 2016.

Peter also raced at the Northwest 200 and Isle of Man TT this year. He scored two podiums at the Northwest and became the fourth fastest rider ever at the TT this year with a 132.465mph lap in the Superbike race.

Peter will be on the ‘Stars on Stage’ discussion panel which will take place three times during the day, alongside seven times Isle of Man TT winner Mick Grant. MC for the discussion forum will be Steve Plater, 2009 British Supersport champion.

The event is a celebration of all things motorbike, while also marking the 60th birthday of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, now renamed IAM RoadSmart.

Established in 1956, the Institute of Advanced Motorists introduced its advanced motorcycle test in 1976. By 1994 more than 250,000 had taken and passed the advanced test for drivers and riders. Today more than 400,000 have passed it.

Peter will be joined for the Stars on Stage sessions, which will allow visitors to put their questions to the guests, by Mick Grant. Mick won the fearsome Isle of Man TT race seven times in the 70’s and 80’s.

MC for Stars on Stage will be Steve Plater, 2009 British Supersport champion and twice Isle of Man TT winner.

During the funday there will be a slow riding skills contest, offering the chance to show just how good you are – but keeping the speed way down. This is being looked after by Birmingham Advanced Motorcycle Group.

There will also be a marketplace featuring a number of exhibitors including Intaride, National Association of Disabled Bikers and the National Association of Blood Bikes, and the chance to stock up on memorabilia and useful bike accessories during the day.

Tickets are just £10 each which includes a barbecue lunch and a tour of the National Motorcycle Museum.

Peter Hickman said: “I am really looking forward to coming along to help IAM RoadSmart celebrate its 60th anniversary. Helping so many people become better riders is a real achievement. I know that being safe and precise was my way of becoming a winner – and using these skills on real roads is it’s just as big an achievement.”

“I applaud anyone who has become an advanced rider, and look forward to meeting so many enthusiasts this Saturday.”

Tickets are available online through our special event page https://www.iamroadsmart.com/bikeparty or by calling 0300 303 1134.

Driving Through Roadworks On The Motorway

Driving through roadworks can be nerve wracking. Narrower lanes, slow traffic and fraying tempers all add to the challenge. But as long as you drive carefully and at a steady speed your journey needn’t be stressful. Here’s some advice from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman, to ensure your motorway journey through roadworks is as safe and stress-free as possible.

  • Ideally, you should check the status of any roads you plan to use beforehand. If there are significant amounts of repair works and you think you might get caught up in traffic consider taking a different route, even if it means covering a few more miles.
  • If there’s no alternative route, give yourself more time to travel and ensure you have plenty of fuel. Running out of fuel is one of the most common reasons for a breakdown on the motorway, so don’t risk running on a low tank.
  • Maintain a safe following distance of at least 2 seconds and if other traffic moves into your gap adjust it by slowing very slightly. You won’t add more than a couple of seconds to your journey.
  • Try and look as far ahead as possible. There may be a lane that’s restricted and marked off by cones. If it is safe to do so, merge in turn if vehicles are travelling at low speed.
  • Keep an eye out for any roadwork signs that give you particular instructions. There may also be a temporary maximum speed limit that you will need to adhere to.
  • Average speed cameras are also common where long term roadworks are in force – be prepared to slow down throughout. They are there for your safety and the safety of the workforce.

Richard said: “If you can see traffic building up then avoid switching lanes too often. Changing lanes on extremely busy roads will increase your chances of being involved in a collision and also slows down traffic flow.

“So long as you stay alert and plan ahead, your journey should be a safe and stress free one.”