A blog about cars in Aberdeen.

This is a blog about cars in Aberdeen because most people aspire to the convenience of personal motor transport, pay dearly for the privilege, provide much employment, contribute greatly in taxes, and then people expect them to ‘leave the car at home’, while their money is spent creating cycle lanes and the like for freeloading cyclists.

Friday 17 June 2011

Safety is paramount. Always wear a helmet.

We were delighted earlier in the spring when we noticed that the good old AA were giving away cycle helmets free. Yes. We were delighted because, in common with 97% of AA members, we believe that cyclists should wear helmets. Cyclists are self evidently poor people so it's nice that we more privileged sorts in cars can lend them a helping hand and show our philantrhopy in this way. Let's hope that none of the poor people felt patronised by our largesse!

So, on what they called "cycle safety day", the AA gave away free helmets and high visibility bibs to cyclists using the "Borisbikes" in London, saying:
It is envisaged that London users will keep the helmets and vests in their offices so that they are available for impromptu cycle rides in the capital.
We're delighted by this, and, because motorists are at a far greater risk of head injury than are cyclists, we've decided to practice what we preach and will be seen speeding around the streets of Aberdeen "City and Shire" wearing our motoring helmets at all times.

Davies Craig recommends you wear your Motoring Helmet at all times when motoring but particularly at the following, documented high-risk times:
  • After consuming any alcohol.
  • When other drivers are likely to have consumed alcohol especially 4:00PM to 2:00AM Fridays and Saturdays.
  • After dark and during twilight.
  • In rain or when the roads are wet.
  • During long trips when you may become tired.
  • Within five kilometres of your home or destination.
  • Christmas, Easter and long weekends.
  • If you are aged under 25 or over 60.

And, because we believe that children are the future, we recommend the use of babyhelmets at all times below the age of 9:

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