Advice for safe winter driving from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service
Road and fire safety measures during winter from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service.
How do you fancy being faced with one of these?
This is hydraulic rescue equipment and is used by firefighters to free casualties trapped in cars. Unfortunately this is an all too familiar sight for today's firefighters and despite a reduction in the number of people being killed on the roads in Wales, the figures are still alarming. Mid and West Wales firefighters are issuing a stark warning to drivers over the coming months.
Head of Community Safety, Wyn Cornelius, said: "Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service continues to work on road traffic collision reduction initiatives in partnership with Local Authority Road Safety Officers, Police, Ambulance and other agencies. We are involved in new and innovative schemes in schools and colleges to reduce, by way of education, training and publicity, the carnage we regularly witness on our roads. One of the most significant is Pass Plus Cymru - an exciting new scheme sponsored by the Welsh Assembly Government to provide additional information and training to newly qualified young drivers, a group of road users who are particularly at risk on the roads of our communities.
Hand in hand with our educational work, are the improvements we are making to the operational side of our business, so as to provide an enhanced service at the scene of any RTC .These measures include improved training in extrication techniques and upgrading our existing fleet with some of the latest rescue technology.
Bearing in mind all of the above we recognise that driving in the winter presents all road users with additional challenges and hopefully, by following these common sense tips, you will not require our services or those of our partners."
What happens if you are unfortunate enough to breakdown or get your vehicle stuck in severe wintry conditions?
Consider your surroundings. If you are located in a remote area it may be advisable to remain in your vehicle until help arrives.
If you decide to leave your vehicle, leave a note in a prominent location inside the vehicle stating where you are going and be physically prepared for the elements outside.
Icy and slushy roads
Salting vehicles (gritters) and snow ploughs
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