Police launch winter road safety drive

Police in Norfolk today begin their two-week winter safety campaign, and are warning motorists to make sure their vehicles are fit to be driven in cold conditions.

Police in Norfolk today begin their two-week winter safety campaign, and are warning motorists to make sure their vehicles are fit to be driven in cold conditions.

Officers from the force's central area road policing department will be stopping vehicles to check that lights, windows, number plates and mirrors are clean.

Insp Jeff Anderson said: “The simple and clear message that I want to promote is that motorists should be prepared for the bad weather. Ensure that your vehicle is roadworthy and abide by advice given out by all road safety organisations.”

Insp Anderson's tips include:


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Allow sufficient time for journeys, taking into account the weather conditions.

Ensure you have enough fuel bearing in mind there may be delays due to slow- moving traffic and accidents.

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Take simple precautions such as checking your battery is maintained, ensuring there are appropriate anti-freeze agents in the radiator and windscreen washers and checking that all of your lights work.

In icy conditions reduce your speed and when braking do so progressively.

Before starting a journey in icy conditions, consider if it is essential. Ensure you have warm and reflective clothing, de-icer and a good ice scraper. Consider carrying a spade, torch, warm drink and emergency food in case you break down.

Let people know what journey you are making and ensure windows, lights, mirrors and index plates are all free of dirt and ice.

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