Stay safe on the road this winter

PUBLISHED: 09:37 30 November 2012

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Police in Honiton urge drivers to pay extra attention on the roads this winter.

Police in Honiton are urging motorists to pay extra attention when driving this winter – to ensure they don’t become a fatal statistic.

According to figures, over the last five years the number of fatal collisions has been steadily declining in Devon and Cornwall.

However, this year there has been a reversal in the trend, with statistics showing a slight increase.

PC Clive Vickery of Honiton Police Station said: “As winter approaches and the weather gets increasingly colder, drivers need to pay more attention to their driving.

“With darker mornings and evenings now coming, driving to and from work presents greater challenges than in previous months.”

Drivers are urged to carry out basic checks on their vehicles, such as checking tyre treads and making sure they are properly inflated, which can affect a vehicle’s handling and at the same time increase fuel consumption.

It is also important to ensure the vehicles lights are working properly.

When driving, motorists are urged to leave adequate space as icy or wet roads increase the distance it takes to stop.

PC Vickery added: “I urge motorists to carry out the necessary checks and to modify their driving so it’s appropriate to the road’s conditions.

“It’s important to arrive at your destination safely, so consider leaving a little more time for travelling.

“Rushing your journey can lead to errors of judgement which is only a step away from a crash.”

Devon and Cornwall Police will be stepping up efforts to reduce deaths and injuries on the road this winter with high-profile enforcement of road traffic offences.


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