Drivers urged to take care as darker nights draw in

The Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia are today reminding road users to take extra care on the roads as the clocks change this weekend.

As nights get darker it is increasingly more difficult for motorists to see other road users. Pedestrians are being encouraged to think about their presence on the roads and wear high visibility clothing and reflective material and to always use pedestrian crossings where possible. Cyclists should also think about their clothing and ensure their bike is in good working condition and carries front and rear lights.

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. Amongst other things, motorists should ensure that they check their brakes, tyres, oil, water, wipers and antifreeze and check lights are operating and are in good working order.

Vicki Bristow, Communications Manager for the Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia said;
“Nationally road casualty rates increase with the arrival of darker nights and worsening weather conditions, these conditions affect all road users but especially children, the elderly, cyclists and motorcycles. As the nights draw in it is important that all road users re-assess their journeys and account for the darker evenings. We are advising all motorists to check their vehicles and for pedestrians and cyclists to ensure they are visible to other road users.”

24th October, 2011