Winter Road Safety 2020

Station Manager Spencer Lewis, Road Safety Manager said: 

“During the month of November, we have attended 52 Road Traffic Collisions across the Service, and by making some simple changes to driving habits it would help to reduce the chances of being involved in a collision”

He added, “At this time of year, driving conditions can be treacherous.  I urge motorists to be prepared to drive with care and adjust their driving to suit the conditions”

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.
  • Get your car ready for winter and treat it to a winter service. Breakdowns are more common this time of year
  • 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.

For further advice on driving in Winter weather conditions please click on the link: or contact a member of the Road Safety Team at

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