Winter driving advice for motorists

Motorists planning to head off on holiday trips during Christmas are being reminded of simple winter driving measures for a safe and trouble-free journey.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has issued a set of guidelines for motorists that includes advance planning, making sure the vehicle is in good condition, driving smoothly and being equipped for emergencies.

The safety charity said: "If conditions are poor, it is crucial to keep watching and listening to weather and traffic reports, and to consider postponing your journey if it is not absolutely necessary, even if this means delaying a Christmas visit.

"If you must go out, remember that smoother is safer when it comes to accelerating, braking and changing gear. Keep your speed down and ensure you leave enough space from the vehicle in front."

Drivers are being urged to regularly check that the light on their cars are working, the windscreen and windows are clean and there is enough screenwash of the right kind.

They are also advised to keep de-icing equipment handy and carry a first aid kit, a torch and items they would require if stranded in snow, such as a blanket, a pair of boots, a shovel, a high-visibility jacket and a mobile phone.

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