To coincide with the clocks being turned back and the official start of winter next Sunday, 30th October, drivers are urged to exercise caution on journeys. The call for additional care comes on the back of an increase in road collisions this year.
Drivers are being asked to take particular care in the dark winter evenings, with 30% of fatalities until July this year occurring between the hours of 4pm and 8pm (28).
Those driving on rural roads should also be exercising additional caution, with more than half of fatal collisions (67) occurring on roads with a speed limit of 80km/h and greater, compared to urban areas (26), while driving on weekends has been shown to represent a greater risk, with over a third (37%) of fatalities occurring on a Saturday and Sunday.
Drivers can take a range of precautions, to ensure for safe winter driving, including:
- Using dipped headlights during the day, to increase visibility.
- Slowing down and allowing for additional space from the vehicle in front of you. Stopping time is doubled when roads are wet.
- Replacing windscreen wipers when they become worn.
- Checking tyre pressure and thread depth regularly. Good tyre grip is key to safe winter driving.
- Ensuring a clear windscreen, both inside and out.