As the clocks go back one hour on Sunday 25 October, here is a timely reminder of the road safety implications that accompany the change.
This time of year sees an increase in vehicle accidents and insurance claims.So here are some suggestions to help you stay safe on the roads as the nights draw in and the weather becomes colder.
One of the key issues at this time of year is vehicle maintenance; you need to ensure that you undertake sufficient checks on the condition of your vehicle.
Driving in darker conditions seems to result in a greater number of vehicle breakdowns. If you break down, find a safe and well-lit place to stop. Leave your hazard warning lights on and find a safe place to stand away from the vehicle to wait for help. During the colder weather, it is also sensible to ensure you always have a warm coat and/ or a blanket in the car in case of a break down.
Most of our advice is just good common sense, but with our busy lives it’s easy to overlook some of the basics. Ensure that any vehicle you drive has been serviced and everything is in good working order- do not make assumptions. Do not treat severe weather warnings as a test of your driving ability…when you can, you should avoid making unnecessary journeys. Be sensible and stay safe.
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