Brake launches ‘Drive Less, Live More’ campaign for Road Safety Week
The ‘Drive Less, Live More’ campaign has been launched at the start of the annual Road Safety Week by Brake and partners AIG and Specsavers as they highlight that every day five people die on UK roads, and 64 more are seriously injured – the vast majority of these serious casualties, which went up by 4% last year, are down to driver error.
A survey of 1,000 driving adults by the organisations found that:
- Eight in 10 (79%) admit to driving on journeys that could be made on foot, bicycle or by public transport.
- A large majority of people surveyed see overuse of cars as a problem, but point the fingers at others: 75% think people use their cars too much, but only 30% think they are guilty of this.
- 85% of those surveyed believe people overall should reduce car use, for a variety of reasons: 52% to reduce air pollution and noise, and half (50%) to protect the environment and stop climate change.
- Significant numbers agreed their driving was detrimental to their own/family’s health (31%), and their family’s finances (28%).
- The most commonly cited factor people said would help persuade them to drive less (37%) was making public transport in their area more frequent, accessible and convenient.
Gary Rae, director of communications and campaigns at Brake, said: “Our Road Safety Week theme of ‘drive less, live more’ makes clear the link between improving road safety, preventing casualties, protecting people and the planet, and our choice of transport. We understand that not everyone has freedom of choice in the way they travel, hence we continue to have a strong year-round focus campaigning for a safer environment for walking and cycling through our GO 20 campaign. We also support the efforts of partner organisations that are campaigning for better public transport. But our main aim through this November’s Road Safety Week is to help people consider the options open to them, and better understand the benefits of driving less, to road safety, health, personal finances, communities and the planet.
“Road Safety Week has become the most crucial fixture in our calendar for raising public awareness of road safety, and it has also become a crucial fixture for many educators, road safety professionals, and employers around the country too. We believe this year’s theme is a critical one for all of us, providing a chance to show how road safety is a bigger issue than many people think.”