Road safety - winter driving advice from North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service
Published on 15 November 2011
Next week is Road Safety Week and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to remind drivers to be safe on the roads, especially as winter is now here.
Peter Hudson, spokesman for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said “As we move towards the possibility of more severe weather driving conditions become more difficult, we would ask drivers to take the following steps to stay safer on the county’s roads and adjust their driving style according to the conditions.”
Before you start your journey, ensure your battery is fully charged, your tyres are in good condition, and your wipers and lights work properly. Add anti-freeze to the radiator and top up the screen wash.
Keep sunglasses handy, dazzle from winter sun can be dangerous. You should always carry a scraper and de-icer to clear windows and mirrors.
• When driving, use the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin.
In severe weather, don’t drive unless you absolutely need to. Check weather forecasts and travel information, and if possible tell someone when you expect to arrive. Make sure you’re equipped with warm clothing, mobile phone, food, a torch and spade in case you get stuck.
Driving in fog
• Drive slowly and use dipped headlights or fog lights.
In severe weather only make journeys which are necessary. If you do have to travel, make sure you are prepared.
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