Winter motoring tips for safety

WITH the clocks going back tomorrow Suffolk Police have issued winter warnings for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.With fewer daylight hours pedestrians and cyclists are being asked to wear light, bright, conspicuous, reflective if possible, outer clothing as they make their way around the roads.

WITH the clocks going back tomorrow Suffolk Police have issued winter warnings for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

With fewer daylight hours pedestrians and cyclists are being asked to wear light, bright, conspicuous, reflective if possible, outer clothing as they make their way around the roads.

The warnings come as police say they want to cut back on the number of serious accidents and this can be helped if people maximise their visibility and to reduce the possibility of motorists not seeing them.

Traffic inspector, Jim Woods, said: "As the nights draw in, motorists have to take extra care, be more aware of the limitations of their visibility and reduce their speed to suit the driving conditions. Pedestrians and cyclists also have a responsibility to ensure that they can be seen.

"People should avoid walking on busy unlit roads during the hours of darkness. If they have no choice then they should make themselves as highly visible as possible.

"Bicycles should be fitted with effective lights both forward and rear.

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"Alcohol is another factor which can feature in accidents between vehicles and pedestrians. People who have consumed large amounts of alcohol should ensure that they either get a lift home with a sober friend, take a taxi or use public transport in order to get home safely."

This is also a good time for motorists to check over their vehicle to ensure that tyres have a save and effective amount of tread on them, that brakes are in good working order, that screen washes are topped up and that headlamps are clean.

Winter weather can make driving difficult.

Something as simple as a dirty windscreen or dirty headlamps could be the contributory cause of an accident.

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