PCC urges drivers to take care on rural roads
Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Peter McCall, is urging drivers to take care on the counties rural roads following the recent drop in temperature and icy conditions.
Temperatures in Cumbria can plummet into the minuses causing freezing fog, black ice, and snow in some areas of the county. Many of Cumbria’s roads are rural, often single-tracked with no streetlights or road markings. They can be extremely dangerous if drivers do not pay attention or prepare their car in advance for winter driving.
Simple tips to help drivers increase their safety on the roads, include:
- Drive slowly and leave larger gaps between cars to ensure plenty of distance.
- Allow extra time for journeys and ensure you have at least quarter of a tank of fuel in case of any delays.
- Wear comfortable, winter shoes to avoid slipping on the pedals.
- Scrape and de-ice all car windows and wait for the windows to demist.
- Ensure all lights are clear and visible, and make sure to use the lights when visibility it reduced.
- Have food, water, warm and high vis clothes, and a phone charger in the car in case of emergencies.
PCC Peter McCall said: “Cumbria is a beautiful county that can look lovely during the winter season. However, the cold winters can create dangerous driving conditions.
“Many of our roads are rural and poorly lit so it is essential that we recognise this and take our time when conditions start to become more treacherous.
“I would urge drivers to take extra care when travelling and avoid unnecessary journeys, where possible.
“Most insurance and breakdown companies, such as the AA, have pages dedicated to safe winter driving, so I would urge everyone to look on their cover companies’ website for tips and advice on how to driver safely and what can be done to prepare cars for winter.
“Let’s all get home safe this winter.”
Chief Inspector Steve Hunter, Cumbria Constabulary, said: “Our advice to motorists, at any point in the year, is to drive to the conditions which present themselves at any one time.
“During the winter months there are additional risks, particularly with the impact of low temperatures and deteriorating visibility. This can be even more challenging on some of rural or minor roads, which may be more exposed to the elements.
“It may sound simple, however driving with more care and attention will make you a safer driver and will help prevent road traffic collisions.
“Please make sure your vehicle is winter ready. This includes ensuring you have plenty of windscreen washer fluid and that your tyres are properly inflated and have adequate tread depth.”