Winter Road Safety

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service is calling on all residents to take extra care when driving this winter.

Station Manager Spencer Lewis, Road Safety Manager said:

“Over the last year we attended 529 Road Traffic Collisions across the Service,”

“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”

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 view the video below 

 

or view it on YouTube or email the Road Safety Team 

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