As cold weather and snow is anticipated over the weekend and into next week, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning people of the dangers of icy conditions.
Prevention Manager, Rebecca Gill said: “If we experience these icy conditions it’s really important for drivers to take their time and take extra care. Keep a safe distance away from the car in front of you and if conditions are treacherous it may be worth asking yourself if your journey is vital.
“Make sure your vehicle is free from snow and ice and the windows are free from condensation before setting of and that you have adequate equipment available, such as a scraper and de-icer.
“Excessive speeds are in general a contributing factor in the majority of road traffic collisions, so it is essential that people re-evaluate the speeds they drive at when roads are icy.
“We would also encourage vehicle owners to carry out winter checks on their cars, or ask a professional to do this for you. This includes checking the lights are clean and working as they should, checking the windscreen wiper blades and ensuring the washer bottle is filled with screenwash, check the brakes are working well and tyres are adequately inflated and at an appropriate tread depth.”
Road Safety Tips:
· Always have a supply of de-icer and a scraper in your vehicle
· Have an emergency pack in your vehicle containing a warm blanket, water, something to eat, an in-car mobile phone charger, a spade, a working torch, wellington boots, a hazard warning triangle and a first aid kit.
· Keep sunglasses in your vehicle all year around – glare from the sun during winter can make the road ahead very difficult to see.
· Black ice is not visible so it is always safer to drive slower than you normally would as a precaution during freezing temperatures.
· Plan alternative routes in case your main route becomes impassable.
· Avoid harsh braking and acceleration, or sharp steering.
· Let someone know where you are going and what time you hope to arrive, so that they can raise the alarm if you get into difficulties.
See the Royal Society for the Protection of Accident website for more road safety information:http://www.rospa.