Stay safe on the roads at Christmas

Santa offering road safety tips to a motorist in a car

The annual Christmas Drink Drive crackdown in Cheshire is launched in December each year.  Our warning to motorists for the festive period is always:

     If you're driving don't drink!

If you plan to have a drink at Christmas, please leave your car at home.

Remember, if you have been out drinking, you may still be affected by alcohol the next day; sleeping, eating, having a shower, drinking a cup of coffee or other ways of ‘sobering up’ will not help - it takes time, so don't drive!

Driving after drinking can have devastating consequences and can easily result in a loss of life. All too often we attend road traffic incidents which have life changing impacts on families. Please keep yourself, your family and others safe.

Winter driving tips

Here are a few checks that you can do, to make sure your car is ready for winter:

  • Lights - see and be seen. Keep your indicators and headlamps clean and working and carry spare bulbs in the glove box   

  • Fuel - stay out the red! A serious traffic jam can easily finish off a near empty tank. Not nice at any time of the year, but potentially deadly in the snow.

  • Windscreen wipers - make sure they're in working order, your windows are clean and your washer bottle is filled with screen wash.

  • Tyres - check the condition, pressure and depth of your tyres (including the spare). Check tyre tread depth regularly to reduce the risk of aquaplaning.  The law requires car tyres to have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm.

  • Brakes - make sure they are working well.

  • Fluids - are topped up to the correct level, including oil, anti-freeze and water

  • Emergency kit - put one in your car just in case you get stranded. Include things such as a phone, medication, a torch, food, extra clothes and blankets

Be prepared for bad weather:

  • Plan your journey before you set off and allow yourself extra time:

  • Check weather reports. Don't make unnecessary journeys if there are severe weather warnings in place

  • Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to get there

  • Drive carefully and take account of the weather conditions. Leave a greater distance between you and the car in front - remember, it may take up to 10 times longer to stop in some conditions

  • Winter sun - the sun can be dangerous in winter too. Be careful of dazzling rays when you are driving

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