Thursday, 21 November 2013

Be Ready For Winter Warning From Road Safety Officers

With the arrival of the first cold spell of the winter, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Road Safety Team is urging road users to check they, and their vehicle are ready for winter.

Drivers should make sure that their vehicle is ready for winter. Using the POWDERY checklist is a good reminder:
  • PETROL (or diesel). Have you got enough? Do you know where to fill up?
  • OIL — check levels once a month
  • WATER — check radiator and screen wash regularly
  • DAMAGE — check wipers, lights etc for signs of wear and tear or damage, and make sure windscreens, windows and lights are clear of ice and snow.
  • ELECTRICS — check lights, indicators and controls are working properly
  • RUBBER TYRES — are they well inflated, legal, with good tread and free from damage?
  • YOU — are you fit to drive? Have you slept well? Are you taking any medication that could make it unsafe for you to drive?
It’s also a good idea to put the following items in the vehicle at the beginning of the winter season so they at hand if and when they are needed.
  • Ice scraper and de-icer
  • Warm clothes and blankets — for you and all passengers
  • Torch and spare batteries — or a wind-up torch
  • Boots
  • First aid kit
  • Jump leads
  • A shovel
  • Road atlas
  • Sunglasses (the glare off winter sun can be dazzling)
Councillor Mac McGuire, Deputy Leader of the County Council and Cabinet Member for Highways and Community Infrastructure, said: “When making journeys during periods of cold weather it is important that all road users adjust to the conditions.

“While the County Council makes every effort to ensure major routes are clear of snow and ice through our gritting programme, even treated routes will not have the same grip as dry roads in the summer and drivers should ensure they are ready for any eventuality, such as poor driving conditions or breakdowns.”

More information on Cambridgeshire County Council’s gritting and winter maintenance programme, including treated routes, can be found on the website http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/transport/roads/winter/ or by using #grittertwitter on Twitter.

The cold weather doesn't just affect the roads. For more information on staying warm and well this winter visit the Met Office ‘Get Ready for Winter’ website http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/learning/get-ready-for-winter/health-and-welbeing