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Winter Road safety advice for motorists

Date : 17 October 2017


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East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is urging drivers to get their vehicle winter ready before the darker evenings draw in and bad weather hits.

Also, on Sunday 29 October the clocks go back meaning that it will be darker during the evening rush-hour.

Yesterday evening (16th October) the Service attended two road traffic collisions:

  • At 19.05 yesterday our appliances from Broad Oak and Rye, including the Rope Rescue Unit and Technical Rescue Unit from Battle. The collision involved a car, a bus and one person was trapped and had to be rescued by crews following the incident along Northiam Road, Broad Oak, in Brede. Firefighters made the scene safe and one male casualty was left in the care of paramedics.
  • At 20.30 yesterday Hastings firefighters were sent to Pett Level Road, in Hastings, following reports of a road traffic collision involving one car, which ended up on its roof, involving five casualties. Crews assisted paramedics and the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) at the scene.

Motorists can take steps to avoid a potential road traffic collisions before the winter weather arrives by following this advice:

  • Ensure that your vehicle is properly maintained and serviced.
  • Check that tyres have plenty of tread depth, are in good condition and correctly inflated (don't forget the spare).
  • Check the radiator contains anti-freeze and the cooling system is free from leaks.
  • Ensure that the vehicle’s battery is in good condition (many garages/battery suppliers will carry out this check free of charge).
  • Check that the windscreen wipers and washers are working effectively.
  • Ensure that the washer bottles are full and contain anti-freezing/cleaning additive. 

Help is also on hand from East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service who will be at Ravenside Retail Park, in Bexhill, on Wednesday 25th October, holding a TyreSafe event between 9.00-12.00. The Bexhill crew, together with members from Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, will be on site to provide valuable information and advice.   We can also carry out checks on tyres ranging from exposed cords, flat tyre and illegal tread depth.  Come and visit for free advice and peace of mind. 

 

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