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Motorists warned to get ready for winter

23 November 2016

Be prepared for bad weather – that’s the message Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership is sending to motorists this winter.

Mike Ashworth, chairman of the partnership’s managing group, said:

“Road users are at greater risk at this time of year – commuters are more likely to be travelling in the dark and frosty conditions make journeys more difficult. When snow is forecast, motorists should avoid unnecessary trips and consider using public transport where possible.

“Planning ahead is vital at this time of year. We’ve produced a useful checklist for people who need to travel when weather conditions are poor.”

Road safety partnership winter driving checklist:

  • check and, if necessary, replace the anti-freeze in your radiator
  • make sure your lights are clean and check the bulbs
  • ensure your windscreen is clean
  • replace your battery if it's not reliable
  • ensure your tyres are correctly inflated and replace them if the tread has reached the legal minimum
  • check the weather forecast
  • check the traffic information before you set off or call the information line on tel: 0300 123 5000

You should also stash the following emergency kit in your car:

  • an ice scraper
  • de-icer
  • a torch and spare batteries,
  • warm clothes and a blanket
  • boots
  • a first aid kit
  • jump leads
  • a mobile phone charger
  • food and a warm drink
  • a shovel
  • a reflective warning sign and a map.

You can can find out more information about snow, ice and winter gritting on Derbyshire County Council’s roads and Derby City Council’s roads.