Making South Yorkshire Safer

South Yorkshire motorists urged to make time for winter

Nov 08 2011

The South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership is advising the county’s motorists to think carefully about the changing weather in relation to driving conditions as we approach winter.

Supporting the recently launched Highways Agency campaign, the Partnership is asking drivers to:

·         be informed - check traffic and weather updates

·         be prepared - check your vehicle is ready for winter and always carry your emergency kit

·         be aware - in severe weather Council and Highways Agency winter teams need the time and space to do their job

·         be wise - conditions may change, drive with care and full attention

South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership Manager, Ken Wheat said: “Winter brings with it bad weather and longer dark nights that pose a danger to road users, affecting visibility and road conditions.

“Drivers and riders need to be aware of the increased risks associated with driving in bad weather, particularly those who may have recently passed their test and not experienced driving in winter conditions before. Leave enough space between you and the vehicle in front so that you can pull up safely if it suddenly slows down or stops. Remember the ‘two second’ rule. Allow at least a two second gap between you and the vehicle in front. The gap should be doubled in wet conditions.

“We are urging people to be prepared for winter, think about the conditions and drive accordingly. With high profile Police drink drive enforcement taking place throughout December, drivers should remember that they are responsible for their actions on the road.

“Road safety is a major concern for all of us.  Everyone should put safety first and, particularly in bad weather, consider whether their journey really is necessary or can be put off. The Safer Roads Partnership urges everyone to take extra care on our roads this winter. It may just save someone’s life.”

For winter driving safety tips visit www.highways.gov.uk/winter

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