Winter is here – Stay safe on the roads

Hello ,

Now the cold weather is settling in, please ensure you stay safe when out on the roads.

If icy/snowy weather is predicted DO NOT drive/cycle in these conditions unless your journey is essential. If it is, take care, plan your route and allow more journey time.

Top tips:

•Dig out the scraper and de-icer so that you can de-frost your windows, or use a windscreen cover overnight.

•If you need to defrost your vehicle ensure you stay with it and don’t leave it unattended with the keys inside. Drivers should always be in control of their vehicle when the engine is running. Don’t make it easy for opportunist thieves.

•Ensure windows and mirrors are fully de-misted before driving off.

•Ensure vehicle lights are clear and working.

•Check your windscreen wash bottles are topped up with anti-freeze wash and windscreen wipers are in good working order.

•Check vehicle tyre tread and pressures.

•Keep an emergency kit on board for long journeys consisting of:

  • de-icer/ice scraper
  • large torch – don’t rely on your smart phone torch!
  • warm clothing including high visability items
  • boots
  • in-car phone charger
  • first aid kit
  • jump leads
  • shovel
  • blankets
  • reflective road triangles
  • empty fuel container
  • food and drink

If you are taking your bicycle out, ensure you wear warm protective and high visibility clothing/equipment.

Ensure your bicycle is in good working order – check brakes, lights and tyre tread – keep your bike serviced.

Allow extra distance for smooth braking and make yourself visible on the road – allow yourself and other road users plenty of room and take care around corners.

Remember whilst icy conditions may seem a fun challenge, these conditions remain unpredictable and no amount of skill will help you to stay upright – know when it’s a non-cycle day!

Remember to take care and keep safe.

For more info visit:

https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/winter

Winter Safety & Weather – Staffordshire Police
http://www.staffordshire.police.uk
Find out the latest updates about staying safe this winter, including links to school closure and gritting information from your local council.

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/barometer/advice/travel-advice

Travel – Met Office Barometer
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk
Cold weather and driving – commonly asked questions. Driving in severe weather. Useful travel weather contacts

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Regards,
Paula James
Community Engagement Officer
Community Messaging
Email: nw