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Drivers urged to take extra care as Arctic blast hits parts of country

Posted on 07 December 2022

With icy blasts predicted to hit parts of the UK over coming days Nottinghamshire blue light services are urging drivers to take extra care and ensure their vehicles are in a roadworthy condition.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Station Manager for Prevention Dan Palmer said: “We have been fortunate to have had relatively mild weather conditions so far this year, but with this about to change with very low temperatures this week we echo the police’s warning for people to be extra cautious about their vehicle and driving.

“We are approaching a busy time of the year for all, but please do allow yourself extra time to check your vehicle is well-maintained and for any journeys you are making.

“The dangers on our roads never change from what we call the fatal four. These are your speed, use of a mobile or becoming distracted, not wearing a seatbelt, or driving under the influence. Even just one of these significantly increases your chances of being involved in a collision.

“There have already been some very serious collisions on our roads this year. Please do your upmost to help us avoid others.”

Detective Inspector Kate Savage, of Nottinghamshire Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “With the increased risk of treacherous icy conditions on the roads it’s vital drivers take the time to check their vehicles before heading out on the roads.

"Every winter, we see so many collisions where cars have skidded or not been able to stop in time as a result of defective tyres. These could have been avoided if tyres were checked beforehand.

"Key features to look at to ensure your vehicle is roadworthy include your tyres. Please check their condition, air pressure and tread depth regularly. Also take that extra few minutes to ensure windscreens are clear before starting your journey.

"Just because it has a current MOT certificate, this does not guarantee your vehicle is in a roadworthy condition. You may face prosecution if you are stopped and the vehicle is found to be defective.

"Please drive safely this winter and remember to adjust your driving to the conditions.”

Nottinghamshire Police is currently conducting it's Christmas drink and drug driving campaign, there will be extra resources on the roads to carry out enforcement measures and stop checks.

For more road safety advice and information visit: Road safety | Nottinghamshire Police; Road safety - Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service (notts-fire.gov.uk) and https://www.tyresafe.org/