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PCC warns drivers to watch the road as clocks go back

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall, is urging drivers to be more vigilant when driving as winter conditions approach. The clocks go back one hour on Sunday 25 October 2020. The change brings longer, darker mornings and nights making rush hour a dark commute.

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall, said: “Unfortunately, winter is here and so is driving in the dark with wet roads.

“The clocks changing brings darker mornings and nights to the forefront of our journeys and winter brings icy and wet road conditions: we must be prepared.

“I want to encourage all motorists to drive to road conditions – not speeding on our roads and lowering your speed when the weather calls for it.

“Check that your tyres are winter ready and that your headlights, windscreen wipers and brakes are working as they should.

“It is also sensible to have a winter kit in your car in case of emergencies such as warm, preferably high-vis, jackets, ice scraper, torch and batteries, shovel, first aid kit and a mobile phone charger.

“The message is clear: drive responsibly, be prepared and make sure you get home safe.”

Sergeant Kevin Howe, from Cumbria Constabulary’s Mobile Support Group, said: “It is important that motorists are able to amend their driving style to changing weather and lighting conditions, specifically during winter months when road conditions can be challenging.

“Hazards such as black ice aren’t always visible and a low sun can present visibility issues.

“Drivers legally need to make sure their vehicle is road worthy before driving, and driving without a clear windscreen is not only hazardous but illegal.

“Plan for icy mornings, set off early to give yourself time to clear your car and drive slower.

“Our advice is always to drive to arrive and not take any unnecessary risks.”

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