Drivers urged to take care on the roads as the temperature drops

We are urging people to take care on the roads after a number of road traffic collisions. With low temperatures forecast over the coming days, we are asking drivers to take care when on the roads as this can affect conditions.

The most recent incident that firefighters attended was an incident this morning (1 February 2018) at around 8am on the M4 between Langley and Slough Central.

Crews from Langley and Slough were sent to the scene to assist a three-car road traffic collision. Firefighters made the vehicles safe and were at the incident for around 15 minutes.

You can help to make Berkshire’s roads safer for you and your family by following our top tips:

  • Ensure that your windscreen is fully defrosted before setting off on a journey
  • Reduce your speed and give yourself time to react – you never know what’s just around the corner
  • Never use your mobile phone when driving, pull over somewhere safe before making or taking a call
  • Always wear your seatbelt and make sure your passengers are wearing theirs
  • Keep your distance – remember the two-second rule and leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front
  • If you are feeling tired take a break, especially on long journeys – driving whilst tired could be lethal
  • Be extra vigilant for motorcyclists – it is not easy to judge their speed and they can be hidden from view behind a tree, lamp post or bend
  • Drive for the conditions – in wet weather stopping distances will be at least double those required for stopping on dry roads
  • Regularly check the tread and pressure of your tyres, that all your lights work and the condition of your windscreen and wipers
  • Don’t drink and drive. If you are out drinking, remove the question of driving from the equation – it’s not worth the risk. Book a taxi, catch the bus or get a lift from a designated driver
  • Don’t pile up your car – store luggage securely as loose objects can become lethal objects when braking

 

For more information, visit www.rbfrs.co.uk