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Published 12th Dec 2011

Councillor Nicky Walker (left), Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Transport and Principal Transport Officer Craig Cow

Road safety officials have teamed up with North Eastern Tyre and Autocare to launch a campaign to promote safe winter driving.

Road Safety GB North East, which represents the region’s local authority road safety officers, is offering advice to help motorists prepare for the snow and ice which may hit our roads over the coming months.

Paul Watson, Chair of Road Safety GB NE, said: “The biggest fear of most motorists is skidding on ice in freezing conditions.

“The best way of avoiding a skid is keeping your speed right – not too fast so that you risk losing control, and not so slow that you risk losing momentum when you need it – and braking, steering and accelerating as smoothly as possible.

“Always start gently from a stationary position and avoid high engine revs. If you get yourself into a skid, the main thing to remember is to take your foot off the accelerator and steer. Never use the brake as this may lock up your wheels, resulting in total loss of control.

“By following a number of simple safety tips drivers can minimise the risks they face and improve their chances of driving incident-free during the winter.”

Gary Dixon, Regional Manager of North Eastern Tyres and Autocare, added: “We are proud to be associated with the RSGB NE winter safety campaign.

“As a company we pride ourselves in promoting safety and encouraging responsible driving.

“Our depots across the north east region will give you free impartial advice to keep you safe this winter.”

Drivers are advised to prepare their cars for winter and to ensure they are properly equipped for a trip.

Top tips for safe, trouble-free winter motoring:

  • Always carry a survival pack in their car that includes food, water, a blanket and extra warm clothes.
  • Ensure mobile phones are fully-charged and they have an in-car charger.
  • Carry a shovel in the boot.
  • Ensure tyres have no less than 3mm of remaining tread, consider fitting winter tyres.
  • Check the car’s battery - batteries have to work extra hard in the cold and are more likely to fail.
  • Ensure windscreen washer bottles are topped up with the correct concentration of fluid.
  • Check anti-freeze.
  • Have air-conditioning serviced - effective systems de-mist windscreens much more quickly, aiding visibility.
  • Adjust driving styles to prevailing weather conditions.
  • Only make those journeys which are absolutely necessary.

Get your winter check 

As part of the campaign drivers will receive a free winter safety check at all North Eastern Tyre and Autocare depots throughout the winter period. To find your nearest depot, visit www.nete.co.uk

Useful links

North Eastern Tyre and Autocare

Road Safety GB North East






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