Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service is calling on all residents to take extra care when driving this winter, with 138 Road Traffic Collisions having already been recorded across our Service area since November 2020.

Please bear in mind the following points when driving this winter:

  • Check weather forecasts and traffic news, both local and national regularly.
  • Check your tyre condition, tread depth and pressure of all tyres including the spare tyre.
  • Keep your windscreen clear and regularly top up your washer bottle with screen wash, keep windows and mirrors thoroughly demisted and clear of ice and snow.
  • Inform someone of your intended route and time of arrival.
  • Keep your distance as stopping distances are ten times longer in ice and snow.
  • Adapt your driving to icy conditions. Avoid harsh braking and acceleration or sharp steering and most importantly remember to reduce your speed.
  • Put together a winter emergency kit containing the following essential items: ice-scraper and de-icer, a high-visibility vest, warning triangle, mobile phone for use only when parked, torch, snacks, bottled water, blanket, warm clothes, boots and a first-aid kit.

"Driving during poor wintry conditions requires a different approach and by making some simple changes to driving habits, drivers can reduce their chances of being involved in a collision”

Road Safety Manager, Station Manager Spencer Lewis
Close up of car tyre on snowy road.
Make sure your tyres are road worthy for winter driving
Snowy rural scene
Beware of ice on rural roads
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low winter sun
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We strongly advise that if you do need to undertake an essential journey, make sure your car is winter ready by giving it a winter service as breakdowns are more common this time of year.

You can also follow us on our Social Media channels for more safety messages. Twitter - @mawwfire, Facebook - @mawwfire and Instagram -  mawwfire_rescue

 

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