Road Safety Rules

Road safety rules are important for drivers to be aware of. Without knowing and abiding by road safety rules you could cause road accidents for yourself and other road users. Sixt has written some road safety rules for you to be aware of. Please read through the list carefully to ensure that you have a safe and pleasant road trip:


  • Don't use your mobile phone whilst driving. Making or receiving a call can distract the driver of a vehicle and result in an accident.
  • Make sure you and your passengers use their seatbelts. Failure to do so can result in serious injuries if you are involved in a road accident.
  • Don't drink and drive. Even if you have drank a small amount of alcohol it can still effect your ability to drive safely. The best advice we can give you is to not drink any alcohol at all if you are driving.
  • Lower your speed. If you are travelling at 35mph you are twice as likely to kill a pedestrian than at 30mph. Also don’t drive faster than the speed limit.
  • Be aware of Children when driving. Children’s behaviour can be unpredictable so take extra care when driving past schools and residential areas by driving slowly and carefully. 
  • Make sure you take regular breaks. Tiredness can cause more than 10% of road accidents. If you are feeling tired whilst driving pull over and take a break. If you are travelling on a long road journey you should take a break at least every 2 hours.
  • Be aware of pedestrians. Many road accidents involve pedestrians so be extra careful when driving through residential areas.
  • Be aware of other vehicles. Always observe and anticipate other road users and use your mirrors regularly. Lots of accidents can be avoided through driving carefully and being aware of drivers and their actions around you.
  • Use child restraints and booster seats when necessary. Child and baby seats should be fitted properly and checked every trip. Make sure you have the correct child restraints fitted in your vehicle before you start your journey.
  • Keep your distance from other vehicles. Always keep a two second gap between you and the car in front. Failure to do so could result in an unnecessary accident if the vehicle in front of you brakes sharply and suddenly.
  • Make sure that your car is in full working order. If your car has a fault that could cause you problems whilst driving, make sure that you get it fixed before you start your journey.