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Prepare yourself for winter driving

Alert message sent 08/10/2019 17:40:00

Information sent on behalf of Lancashire Constabulary

Dear Citizen

Help yourself prepare for driving this winter by following this safety advice before you take to the road

Check your vehicle

• Ensure you check your fuel, oil and water/screen wash levels, check electrics and make sure your tyres have sufficient tread before setting out.
• Check your lights and brakes are working effectively, including the handbrake and fog lamps.

Be prepared

• Be prepared by having an emergency kit in your vehicle, which should include ice-scraper, de-icer, warm clothes and blankets, torch, boots, first aid kit, jump leads, a spade, consider a road atlas and sunglasses (for the winter glare).
• 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.

Plan your journey

• Check weather and travel conditions before and during your journey and make sure you leave extra time to clear your windscreen properly before setting off.
• Try to stick to main roads that have been gritted, wherever possible.

In severe weather

• Consider whether your journey is essential or travel at a different time. In winter, the weather can change quickly so always be prepared for bad weather.
• Leave plenty of time for your journey.
• Leave ample room between you and the vehicle in front to allow for wet, slippery surfaces.
• If in doubt, don’t go out. If the journey is not essential then leave it for a day when the conditions are better.

Always remember

• On those frosty mornings don’t leave your car running while you nip in for the kettle to defrost your windscreen. It’s only takes a moment for a thief to jump in and drive off.
• Even when roads have been treated with salt, ice can still form, particularly on bends or under overhanging trees.


Blackpool South Neighbourhood Team
Message sent by
Phil Palmer (Police, Sgt, WEST - Blackpool)

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