Sunday 22 January 2017

Your views on new road safety emergency packs and older drivers

Published 20/05/2015 | 02:30

The Road Safety Authority is seeking the public's view on the possible introduction of compulsory emergency breakdown packs in cars
The Road Safety Authority is seeking the public's view on the possible introduction of compulsory emergency breakdown packs in cars

Some contrasting opinions on proposal to introduce compulsory road safety packs in cars.

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Eddie,

Minimum emergency pack should contain a reflective triangle, visi vest, first-aid kit and a torch.

If the driver, or any of his/her fellow travellers cannot change the spare wheel or use the repair kit (when no spare carried), a mobile phone would be great help. Can carrying a mobile phone be made compulsory?

With significant long delays (can happen on motorways or major roads) occurring following an accident, some lasting up to two hours, drivers should consider carrying drink and food, particularly if there are children in the car.

I understand that, in some countries, it is compulsory to carry emergency rations. Joe.

Eddie,

I already have an emergency kit in my car.

Can't recall the price, but it was cheap enough. I got the one they recommend in the UK - it has a triangle, flares, vest, torch and a first-aid kit. Kevin

Eddie,

No, no, no on emergency packs. Another "we know what's best for you" - "it's a small price to pay for safety."

And a further excuse down the road for profit making at the motorist's expense. Fines for not having an emergency pack, motor factors and others delighted with another guaranteed sale item. Noel.

Eddie,

The biggest problem is not about older drivers but how people behave AFTER they pass their test. Is anything more dangerous than people turning corners with one hand on a phone? Tackle this and running red lights first, then chase the oldies.

I do think it is a good idea to have your driving tested voluntarily and advised on any areas that need correction. However, people will continue to do what they want regardless of what advice they get. Frank.

Eddie,

Why pick on the older 'mature' drivers as you call them? Why not invest more time in those 'younger' drivers who, with the test still fresh in their minds, drive our roads like they own them and show such little regard or respect for the rest of us?

I know you didn't mean to 'pick' on older drivers but there is a danger that we could lose focus by not concentrating on younger ones who are more 'at risk' of poor driving, especially speeding. Alice

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