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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Winter weather warning to motorists

09/12/2013

Motorists are being urged to take extra care now that the winter weather is upon us.

"By following a few straightforward tips you could save time, hassle or even lives. I would urge people to make sure vehicles are in good condition, always have essential items to hand as part of a ‘snow kit’, plan journeys carefully and drive in accordance with the conditions of the road." 

Head of Risk Reduction Glynn Luznyj

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has been handing out leaflets and putting up posters at community venues across the county in order to spread its vital safety message.

Head of Risk Reduction Glynn Luznyj said: "The roads are always more hazardous during the winter when ice, rain and fog are prevalent so it is vital that motorists moderate their driving at this time of year. Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent have some of the safest highways in the country and we want them to stay that way this Christmas and New Year.

"By following a few straightforward tips you could save time, hassle or even lives. I would urge people to make sure vehicles are in good condition, always have essential items to hand as part of a ‘snow kit’, plan journeys carefully and drive in accordance with the conditions of the road."

The Service is encouraging motorists to follow the below safety tips in order to protect themselves and their passengers as well other road users and pedestrians.

Driving in fog

•    Beware of other road users, particularly cyclists and pedestrians
•    Do not use front or rear fog lights unless visibility is seriously reduced – they dazzle other road users and can obscure your brake lights. Use them when visibility is less than 100 metres.
•    Make sure that you can stop within the distance you can see clearly, especially on motorways and dual carriageways where vehicles travel faster
•    Use your windscreen wipers and de-misters

When driving in ice and snow

•    Drive with care, even on treated roads, and do not speed  
•    Keep a good distance behind the vehicle in front
•    Watch out for snowploughs which may throw out snow on either side
•    Be prepared for the road conditions to change over relatively short distances

Prepare your vehicle

•    Make sure that your vehicle is serviced and that your tyres are correctly inflated
•    Make sure your battery is not faulty – if in doubt, change it
•    Keep your windows clean and washer bottle full
•    Make sure that your heaters are blowing hot air

Plan your journey

•    Keep up to date on the latest weather forecasts
•    Driving in severe conditions can be tiring, plan plenty of breaks if on a long journey
•    Pack an emergency snow kit including items such as a shovel, mobile phone, torch, food, water, ice scraper, jump leads, first aid kit,  warm cloths, sturdy boots, cat litter or sand