Be safe, be seen
Friday, 26 October 2012
With the darker evenings, colder weather on the way and the clocks going back an hour this weekend, Hampshire County Council's road safety team is urging all road users to take extra care.
Government figures show that vehicle and pedestrian accidents usually peak in October and November, coinciding with less daylight and deteriorating weather conditions.
The clocks go back by one hour at 2am on Sunday 28 October, marking the start of winter. For the first time in months children are likely to be walking home from school in fading light and many motorists will be driving home in the dark.
Hampshire's road safety team is recommending preparing for the change by taking a few simple steps to stay as safe as possible on the road over the winter months.
Top tips to keep safe this winter:
- To be more visible to motorists, it's important to wear bright clothing, preferably with reflective strips.
- Drivers should watch their speed and be more aware of other road users, as it's more difficult to see pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists as the evenings draw in.
- Check bicycles to make sure that reflectors are clean, as well as fitting new batteries to lights.