Winter road-safety drive starts

The winter road-safety campaign in Scotland is featuring motoring advice from the country's eight police forces.

They are urging drivers to make sure their vehicles are in good working order in the annual three-day to Gear up for Winter initiative.

Advice includes checking brakes, tyres, lights, batteries, windscreens and wiper blades - and keeping sunglasses in the car to deal with the low sun, which can be blinding.

Officers will be carrying out roadside checks, and road signs will be examined to make sure they are clearly visible and well maintained.

Cyclists and pedestrians will also be reminded of the importance of wearing high visibility, reflective clothing.

The campaign is being run in association with the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (Acpos), which is expecting "turbulent" weather to include severe gales.

Chief Insp Andy Orr, of the organisation's road policing business area, said: "Preparation is vital in the winter months. Taking a few simple precautions can save a great deal of time, inconvenience and ultimately keep you and your family safe when driving."

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