Alerting motorists to dangers of vehicle defects

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HOW many dangerous defects can you spot on this car? How many could you spot on your own?

That was the challenge firefighters were putting to passers-by at Abingdon fire station this week.

With an average of four fatalities every month and one serious injury each day on Oxfordshire roads, the fire service is hoping to educate more people and prevent vehicle accidents as part of Road Safety Week.

Firefighter Andy Durndell said: “These vehicles are a great asset in helping us engage with people about the subject of road safety and ultimately help change their views and practices.”

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue hoped to highlight the importance of keeping your car well maintained, from making sure tyres are pumped up to the right pressure to ensuring the brakes are working.

Chief Fire Officer Dave Etheridge said: “We want to educate people on the little things they should be keeping an eye on in their cars that could prevent them from being involved in an accident.

“Events such as this offer us a fantastic opportunity to work with the public and remind them of key road safety issues.”

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8:46pm Sat 24 Nov 12

Andrew:Oxford says...

If only there was an effecive way to report car issues noticed by other drivers and pedestrians - it could save lives.

There are countless cars around Oxford with broken/failed headlamps, broken/failed indicators, worn tyres and exceptionally noisey exhausts.

A regular one I'm noticing now are brakes that are so worn that cars don't stop until they are well into the "cycle zone" at traffic lights.
If only there was an effecive way to report car issues noticed by other drivers and pedestrians - it could save lives. There are countless cars around Oxford with broken/failed headlamps, broken/failed indicators, worn tyres and exceptionally noisey exhausts. A regular one I'm noticing now are brakes that are so worn that cars don't stop until they are well into the "cycle zone" at traffic lights. Andrew:Oxford
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6:58pm Sun 25 Nov 12

Pavinder Msvarensy says...

It isn't that our brakes do not work, but since I had an extremely car hating cyclist in front of me that sat in the "cycle zone" as you call it all through the green light phase with his bike across the front of me stopping me going and calling me various names not fit to be repeated in a family newspaper, because at the last set of lights he went across on red and I nearly hit him when going across on GREEN (I know I am in the wrong as green means stop for cars and red means go for bikes) That I now make a point of driving up to the ASL at all lights so that I will not be attacked, or delayed in this way again. Needless to say that when the light turned red the cyclist went on his merry way.
It isn't that our brakes do not work, but since I had an extremely car hating cyclist in front of me that sat in the "cycle zone" as you call it all through the green light phase with his bike across the front of me stopping me going and calling me various names not fit to be repeated in a family newspaper, because at the last set of lights he went across on red and I nearly hit him when going across on GREEN (I know I am in the wrong as green means stop for cars and red means go for bikes) That I now make a point of driving up to the ASL at all lights so that I will not be attacked, or delayed in this way again. Needless to say that when the light turned red the cyclist went on his merry way. Pavinder Msvarensy
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11:46am Mon 26 Nov 12

xjohnx says...

If you do get through on the 101 number your comments are may just be noted and ignored.

I think that reports to 101 help the police because they are generaly omitted the crime statistics.
If you do get through on the 101 number your comments are may just be noted and ignored. I think that reports to 101 help the police because they are generaly omitted the crime statistics. xjohnx
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