Making an Emergency Call using SMS

The emergency SMS service lets deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired people in the UK send an SMS text message to the UK 999 service where it will be passed to the police, ambulance, fire rescue, or coastguard.

How often are you in an area with little or no signal on your mobile phone, even at home this can be a problem, what would you do if you can’t phone 999 or 112 on your mobile phone?

Perhaps you can use somebody else phone, would you know how to use somebody else telephone? Find out now how to use somebody else mobile phone?

Perhaps your mobile phone might scan the area for other mobile phone network providers that will allow you to make that important emergency call on their network?

Perhaps we could send an message to the emergency services, even when we don’t have enough phone coverage to make a call?


You will need to register your mobile before using the emergency SMS service.



You should get an instant reply saying that your mobile phone number is now registered to send emergency texts (SMS) to the emergency services.

When could I text to the emergency services?

Life is at risk;

Someone is injured or threatened;

Person committing crime is near;

There is a fire or people trapped;

You need an ambulance urgently;

Someone is in trouble, or missing, at sea,

Someone is in trouble on the cliffs or on the shoreline.



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Road Safety

Drivers’ behaviour on the road has a ripple effect

A new study has concluded that aggressive behaviour on the road by one driver causes others to behave in a similar fashion.

The study, released last week by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the tyre manufacturer Goodyear, found that drivers’ choices of behaviour on the road trigger what is described as a ‘ripple effect’.

In a survey of nearly 9,000 drivers from 15 European countries, 87% of those surveyed agreed that considerate driving by others can prompt them, in turn, to be considerate to other drivers.

Conversely, 55% admitted that when irritated or provoked on the road by one driver, they may be more likely to take it out on another.

The report suggests a ‘simple act of kindness or one of aggression can initiate a chain of events creating an environment that is either comfortable and safer, or stressful and more dangerous for drivers’.

Motorway Break-Down

You can reduce the chances of your vehicle breaking down with preventive maintenance. Make sure that your vehicle is serviced at the recommended intervals and carry out some simple checks yourself on a regular basis.

Ask yourself

  1. Do I have enough fuel for the intended journey? Remember that driving at higher speeds will use more fuel – and there can sometimes be quite a distance between service areas on motorways. Allowing your fuel to run too low can cause running problems and even damage the engine.
  2. Are my windscreen, windows and mirrors clean?
  3. Are my lights working?
  4. Are my brakes working properly?

Check the following levels before you use the vehicle, following your vehicle manufacturer’s advice.

  1. Engine Oil
  2. Water in the radiator or expansion tank
  3. Brake fluid
  4. Water in the windscreen and rear-window washer bottles.

Check your tyres and make sure they’re legal: they must have at least the legally specified minimum depth of tread and be free of dangerous cuts and defects. They must also be inflated to the right pressure.

Having your vehicle serviced at the recommended intervals will help to keep your vehicle reliable and prolong its life.

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Be safe when changing a wheel at the roadside

Making a good job of changing a tyre comes from experience and familiarity with the equipment and processes, however we should consult our car owner’s manual to ensure who to use the equipment carried, the locking wheel nut if appropriate, and where to attach the lifting jack.

Safety tips for dealing with a flat tyre at the roadside include:

Switch on your hazard warning lights.

Make sure the ground is level and secure before jacking your vehicle.

If it’s safe, place a warning triangle to alert other drivers to the hazard your vehicle might be causing.

Check at least one of the other wheels.

Follow the steps laid out for your vehicle in the owners handbook.

Don’t attempt to change a tyre (or carry out any other repair, however simple) on a motorway hard shoulder. Always call for professional breakdown assistance.


WHAT DOES THE LATEST 2015 UPDATED HIGHWAY CODE SAY ABOUT CHANGING A TYRE? Continue reading “Be safe when changing a wheel at the roadside”

Fun Facts About Dogs



a106A Dog’s heart beats between 70 and 120 times a minute, compared with a human heart which beats 70 to 80 times a minute.


A female carries her young about 60 days before the puppies are born.


The longest lived dog, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, was an Australian Cattle Dog, named Bluey, who live to be 29.


An adult dog has 42 teeth.


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Fit to drive

Driving involves a complex and rapidly repeating cycle that requires a level of skill and the ability to interact simultaneously with both the vehicle and the external environment.

Information about the environment is via the visual and auditory senses and is operated on by many cognitive processes to effect decisions for the driving task in hand. These decisions are enacted by the musculoskeletal system, which acts on the controls of the vehicle and its relation to the road and other users.

The whole process is co-ordinated by complex interactions involving behaviour, strategic and tactical abilities, and personality. In the face of illness or disability, adaptive strategies are important for maintaining safe driving.

Safe driving requires, among other elements, the involvement of:

  • vision
  • visuospatial perception
  • hearing
  • attention and concentration
  • memory
  • insight and understanding
  • judgement
  • adaptive strategies
  • good reaction time
  • planning and organisation
  • ability to self-monitor
  • sensation
  • muscle power and control
  • co-ordination

Given these requirements, it follows that many body systems need to be functional for safe driving – and injury or disease may affect any one or more of these abilities for safe driving.



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Driving – Your Eyes

All drivers, regardless of vehicle category, MUST be able to read a car number plate, 20 metres . If glasses or contact lenses are needed to do this, then they MUST be worn when driving.

Remember – If you have an accident, caused by poor eyesight, your vehicle insurance may be voided.


  • It is estimated that 2,900 casualties are caused by poor driver vision each year. Poor vision is only recorded as a contributory factor in less than 1% of reported crashes, although some studies estimate that approximately 1.8 million drivers have vision below the minimum legal standards.
  • The general recommendation is have an eyesight check every two years, although your optician may advice an annual check. Having an eyesight test will be usually identify the majority of common eyesight conditions, and may also give clues about other less common diseases. It will also ensure that you meet minimum eyesight standards for driving.
  • If you are finding it difficult to read road signs, especially those with writing on as quickly as you used to, it could indicate that your long distance has deteriorated and require corrective lenses.
  • Poor vision causes more significant driving impairment at night. This may make it more difficult to spot pedestrians, especially if wearing dark clothing. You may also be affected by glare from oncoming vehicle headlights. Reducing night time driving can help in this instance; you may also wish to consider voluntary training.
  • Tinted lenses reduce the amount of light available to the eye, as such they are not recommended for driving at night or in conditions of poor visibility. The Highway Code advises against their use.
  • If you drive with eyesight below the minimum legal standard you could face a fine of up to £1,000, 3 penalty points or discretionary disqualification. If you cause death by dangerous driving you could face up to 14 years in prision.


Peripheral vision- The science of hazard perception

The way the brain functions when anticipating the threat from developing hazards may be responsible for the difference in risk between an experienced driver and a novice driver.

Imagine you’re driving and you suddenly notice a pedestrian stepping out in front of you. Even with just a hint of movement in your peripheral vision, your full attention is guided towards the hazard. Your brain doesn’t waste time telling its ‘thinking part’ that the pedestrian is about to step into the path of your car and that you should brake.

Your visual cortex feeds the information to the brainstem. This information is then sent on to the area of the brain. This is an automatic response based on past experience. It’s thought that our brain leaves a ‘marker’ whenever it encounters a threat, allowing it to respond more quickly when the same kind of scenario occurs again.

Why is the important? Well, there’s evidence to suggest that this ‘automated response’ allows experienced drivers to react earlier to hazards. The process only seems to develop with repeated exposure to different hazards. The process only seems to develop with repeated exposure to different hazards and road situations. This could explain why experienced drivers are better able to avoid risky situations than inexperienced drivers.