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Winter weather advice

Alert message sent 07/11/2017 09:51:00

Information sent on behalf of Notts Police

Dear residents

(48 days to Christmas)

If flurries of ice sleet or snow or frost hit our roads Nottinghamshire Police are urging motorists to take care on the carriageways coming up to Christmas.

‘Buckle up and drive responsibly’ is the simple message for safer roads, but it is even more pertinent for the winter months, which bring with them more hazardous driving conditions.

 “The majority of crashes can be avoided by simply driving to the conditions of the road and taking time and care on your journey. In winter there is the added consideration of bad weather and shorter daylight hours.

The Fatal Four causes of death on the roads are speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and using your mobile phone while behind the wheel.

Avoid these four behaviours and you will go a long way to contributing to safer roads for everyone

In addition to this please read and follow the advice below:

Be prepared

Check your lights and brakes are working effectively, including the handbrake and the fog lamps.

Make sure the tread of your tyres is of the legal depth and the rubber of your windscreen wipers is adequate to clear your windows.

Ensure your heaters are working and you have added antifreeze to your radiator and windscreen washers.

Keep a window scraper and bottle of de-icer in your car. You may also want to have a bottle of water, boots, coat and a blanket in the boot in case of an emergency and you get stuck in the snow.

Check the forecast for the day. The morning trip to work might be clear skies and frost, but the changeable British weather means those clouds can roll in and the next thing you know you’re driving home in snow. Be ready for all eventualities.

Be safe

Always wait for your windscreen to clear before setting off.

Leave plenty of time for your journey so you can take it easy on your trip.

Leave ample room between you and the vehicle in front to allow for wet, slippery surfaces.

The days are darker and shorter, so use your lights where appropriate. Be aware that the speed of other vehicles is harder to judge in the dark.

If in doubt, don’t go out. If the journey is not essential then leave it for a day when the conditions are better.

Be secure

Always leave your vehicle locked and remove any items of value. On those frosty mornings do not leave your car running while you nip in for the kettle to defrost your windscreen. It only takes a moment for a thief to jump in and drive off.

If you would like further crime prevention advice please contact your local Beat team

PCSO 8053 Neil Reddish-07525989437

Message sent by
Laraine Holbrook (Police, PCSO 7168, Kimberley & Watnall (Broxtowe North)

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