WITH the clocks changing this weekend and the darker nights upon us, we want to remind all road users to take extra care on the roads and ensure they are visible to others – however they are using the roads.
As nights get darker it is increasingly difficult for motorists to see other road users. Cyclists and pedestrians are being encouraged to think about their presence on the roads and wear high visibility clothing and reflective material, to ensure they can be seen.
Pedestrians are reminded to always use pedestrian crossings where possible; don’t get distracted – listening to an iPod, chatting to friends or sending a text while crossing the road will distract you and put you in serious danger
Cyclists should ensure their bike is in good working order and carries front and rear lights and to use cycle lanes wherever they are available.
Motorists are being urged to look carefully for other road users with the nights drawing in and to ensure that their vehicle is in a roadworthy condition and basic checks are undertaken to prepare their vehicle for the winter months.
Among other things, motorists should check their brakes, tyres, oil, water and antifreeze and check lights are operating and are in good working order. As the weather turns colder ensure your screen wash is topped up and wipers are in good working order. Road salt and spray can obscure a windscreen in seconds.
It is also a good idea to think about keeping a torch in your car in case you break down somewhere dark and to think of things like blankets and waterproof clothing, should you need to keep warm and dry whilst awaiting recovery.
Motorists are also being reminded to take particular care on rural roads this autumn and take extra caution where there is mud on the roads.