Make your vehicles roadworthy for winter, police warn Cumbria's drivers (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Make your vehicles roadworthy for winter, police warn Cumbria's drivers
1:35pm Monday 4th November 2013 in News
DRIVERS are being urged to check the roadworthiness of their vehicles as the weather changes and it gets darker earlier.
In the last few weeks, officers from Cumbria’s Roads Policing Unit have had to stop motorists with ‘daylight running’ lights because they failed to also use side or full beam headlights. This meant that they were able to be seen from the front but had no lights illuminated at the back of the car, making the vehicle difficult to see and creating a danger to following motorists.
Cumbria Police say each year as the clocks change the number of collisions rises in the evening and twilight and this has been shown to be one of the highest risk times to drive.
Sergeant Graeme Hodgson said: “It is essential that people drive correctly and to the road conditions. Have consideration for other motorists by making sure your car is visible to all drivers by correctly using the headlights. If visibility is poor then please use your lights to ensure that you can be seen on the road.
“When driving at night make sure that you do not dazzle other motorists with full beam headlights. Make sure that you switch your lights down in plenty of time. Dazzling other drivers is dangerous and they can quickly lose orientation.”
Cumbria Police are also advising people to check their car to ensure that it is roadworthy by carrying out a few simple checks such as oil, windscreen wash levels and tyre pressures.
For more information about vehicle safety http://www.cumbria.police.uk/advice-and-information/road-and-vehicle-safety/road-safety
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