Be Safe In The Bad Weather

Top tips on making sure you keep yourself and others safe this during bad weather

Prepare your car for winter by making sure you have everything you need to:

  • Clear your car of ice and snow, including an ice scraper, can of de-icer and a bottle of windscreen washer fluid.
  • Keep safe should you break down or get stuck by preparing a winter travel safety kit that includes blankets, snow shovel, wet weather clothing and boots, torch, food (eg energy bars) and fluids (eg water bottle, flask of hot drink).

Low sun can cause problems for motorist. Rising later each morning and setting earlier each evening, the sun can be distracting when it’s in the ‘wrong’ place, therefore always ensure your windscreen is clean, wear sunglasses and to be on the safe side adjust your speed accordingly. Heavy rain can be a hazard as the weather worsens throughout winter. Use your headlights if visibility is poor and slow right down. This helps to maintain safe stopping distances, avoids the car sliding uncontrollably and prevents accidents. Remember to check your brakes after driving through large puddles. Darker evenings highlight the need to stay visible when you are out and about, whether on foot or bike. Wear bright, reflective clothing and remember if you are on a bike it is a legal requirement to fit reflectors and lights. Be prepared for cold weather as exposure to cold temperatures, whether indoors or outdoors, can cause serious or life threatening health problems. Infants and the elderly are particularly at risk, but anyone can be affected. Ensure your chimney has been swept if you intending using it, as a build up of soot can lead to a chimney fires which present a serious risk to your home and family. Regularly check for worn or frayed electrical wires and do not use if damaged. Remember that using space heaters and fireplaces can increase the risk of household fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. Take time out to check and replace batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.