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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Firefighters drive home road safety message

04/11/2015

Winter is approaching and as the temperatures drop and road conditions deteriorate Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to consider road safety.

“The winter weather is definitely upon us and, as a result, road conditions can be more hazardous than normal. Inexperienced motorists are often the ones who fall foul of the dangers that go hand in hand with the changing of the seasons."

Head of Central Risk Reduction Jim Bywater

The Service has already attended a number of road traffic collisions this year believed to be due to the change in conditions. 

Head of Central Risk Reduction Jim Bywater said: “The winter weather is definitely upon us and, as a result, road conditions can be more hazardous than normal. Inexperienced motorists are often the ones who fall foul of the dangers that go hand in hand with the changing of the seasons.

“We would encourage road users to spend a little time preparing their vehicle for winter. Service your vehicle before winter and check the tread of your tyres is safe.  The tread must be suitably deep enough to grip the road during icy conditions as it takes much longer to stop. The tyre pressure should also be inflated to the manufacture’s recommended level.

“An emergency kit is always a good idea and should include items such as a blanket or warm clothing, a torch, de-icer, ice scrapers, a shovel and boots.”

Tips for driving in the winter:
• Make sure your vehicle is serviced before winter
• Tyre maintenance is vital. Check both the tyre pressure and tread every month.
• Make sure that your car battery is not faulty and if you’re in any doubt get it checked
• Clear your windows, mirrors and lights of snow and ice before you set off and always make sure the washer bottle is filled
• Keep your windows clear of condensation – make sure your heaters are blowing hot air

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