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Road Safety Week - Your Commute To Work

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Road-Safety-Week

Its Road Safety Week from 20th – 26th November. With winter now upon us many of us are commuting to and from work in the cold and dark it’s important that as car drivers we drive carefully and responsibly to avoid accidents that could cause damage to both ourselves and the people around us.

There are some simple steps you can take to reduce your chances of being in a serious accident.

Brake urges drivers to follow the A, B, C of staying safe in winter and bad weather conditions.

Avoid driving

If possible, avoid driving in treacherous conditions. Never start a journey when it's snowing heavily or if snow is forecast. Other bad weather conditions like fog, heavy rain and ice are also times when if possible you should avoid driving in. Could you use public transport, or work from home? Speak to your employer if bad weather is likely especially if you live in a rural area prone to flooding or snow.

Be Prepared

You may start out in ok condition but find yourself caught unawares but by being prepared will really help make sure you stay safe.  Your vehicle should be well maintained and you should regularly check it to make sure things like tyres are in good condition and have enough tread to be safe. Anti-freeze and screen wash is essential, so make sure you keep these topped up. A winter emergency kit is a really good idea which should include warm clothes, a blanket, a torch, hot drinks, a spade, first aid kit and a high vis vest and warning triangle just in case you break down. Make sure you phone is charged if you set out on a long journey although of course, do not use it whilst driving.

Clear ice, snow and condensation completely from your windscreen and all windows as well as the roof of the car before setting off and allow extra time for your journey.

Careful, Cautious Driving

If you do get caught in bad weather you can minimise the danger by following these tips.

  • Slow right down f visibility is poor or the road is wet or icy, it will take you longer to react to hazards and you should reduce your speed accordingly.
  • Maintain a safe gap behind the vehicle in front of you. In wet conditions, you should leave four seconds, and in ice or snow, drop right back as much as possible. Stopping distances are double in the wet, and can be 10 times greater in icy weather. 
  • Be extra vigilant for people and hazards. It’s harder to spot people on foot, bicycles, motorbikes and horses in bad weather so be aware.  
  • Stay in control and try to avoid hard braking and acceleration.
  • Use your lights when visibility is reduced.

You can read more and browse Brakes fact sheets on key road safety and sustainable transport topics here. www.brake.org.uk/info-and-resources/facts-advice-research/road-safety-facts

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