Road safety

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) attend a large number of road traffic collisions (RTCs) every year.

One of SFRS’s primary functions is ‘rescue’ and when we respond to road traffic collisions our highly trained crews have the skills to free people who have become trapped within their vehicles, using specialist cutting equipment. Our firefighters are also trained to provide potentially life-saving first aid at the scene of road traffic collisions.

In 2013/14 SFRS attended 2136 RTCs – there were 2666 casualties at these incidents and sadly 110 fatalities.

We work with a broad range of partner agencies including Police Scotland, Scottish Ambulance Service and local councils to deliver road safety education and advice to help people reduce their risk of being involved in an RTC.

There are many factors that can impact on your driving such as becoming distracted, drink driving or due to bad weather.

Working together to keep Scotland safe

There are a range of resources online to find out more about staying safe on the road: 

Always remember

  • Using a mobile phone that isn’t hands-free whilst driving is illegal. Even if you’re using hands-free, talking on a mobile is distracting – we’d recommend that you turn it off or put it on silent, and put it out of reach
  • Just drive – eating, drinking and smoking whilst driving reduces your reaction time
  • Set your satnav or your sound system before you drive. If you need to adjust them, pull over in a safe place
  • Always wear your seatbelt and make sure that your passengers do too
  • Your braking distance is affected by weather conditions. If it’s been raining or the roads are icy, reduce your speed