Winter Safety Checks For Your Vehicle

Prepare your vehicle for winter

Have your vehicle fully serviced before winter starts and have the anti-freeze tested.

Check that your lights are clean and working. Make sure your battery is fully charged. A faulty battery will let you down, probably at the most inconvenient time – so if in doubt change it before it fails!

Always keep the windscreen and windows clean and the washer bottle filled with screen wash to the correct concentration. This will prevent the solution from freezing.

Carry rescue equipment throughout the winter:

In the boot

  • Tow rope
  • Spare bulbs
  • Spare fuel
  • Shovel
  • Hazard warning triangle or similar
  • Spare wheel (with tyre at correct pressure and tread)
  • High visibility jacket
  • Jump leads
  • Emergency tyre weld (for temporary “low speed” repair)
  • Wellington boots or similar

In the car

  • De-icing equipment
  • First aid equipment (in good order)
  • Working torch
  • Car blanket
  • Fire extinguisher (fully operative)

For more information and safety tips visit:

http://www.rospa.com/roadsafety/adviceandinformation/driving/winter-driving-tips

Defence Road Safety Week will be taking place from 21st-25th November. If you have a Defence Community Police officer in your area, rest assured there will be initiatives/activities planned.

MOD Police Divisional Community Safety Managers will be taking to the road again in support of the community police officers; starting out in Scotland and working their way South.

Defence Road Safety Week runs concurrently with National Road Safety Week. For further details:

http://www.brake.org.uk/take-action/road-safety-week.htm

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