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UK road safety charity Brake has two main aims for its website – to help prevent death and injury on the roads through education of all road users and to campaign for improvements to road safety.

Its homepage takes a different approach to the traditional layout, with a selection of colourful buttons to click on across the page.

The problem is that it looks a little untidy – a bit like a charity shop window. And when we visited, several areas were cordoned off for building work. But what is available does its job well.

Advance to the ‘fleet forum’ area and users will find a selection of links to safety advice from Brake. This is particularly useful for fleet managers as they can print off the downloadable pdfs to hand out to drivers to promote safety on the roads.

The option is also available for promotional leaflets to be emailed to fleet managers – a service which costs an average fleet £120.

The motorcyclists’, children’s and professional drivers’ advice sections were either not working or under construction. But at least the news room was accessible from the homepage and held up-to-date Brake press releases.

The ‘facts’ link on the homepage leads to a list of topics for drivers to read up on, such as ‘deaths and injuries’ and ‘slow down in town’. Even here, several links were under construction.

Among the missing sections were ‘mobile phones’, ‘don’t drive tired’ and ‘who polices commercial vehicles?’.

When it is finished, the Brake site will be a must for fleet managers. But until then they may have to look else- where for missing information. The Government website www.thinkroadsafety.gov.uk is as good a place as any.

To find out more about supporting Brake, call 01484 559909 or click on the ‘donate here’ button. That one works.

The lowdown:

The site: www.brake.org.uk.

We like: What is included on the site is informative.

We don’t like: Too many parts of the site under construction

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