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Safety advice for motorists. Drivers can be caught unaware by changes in weather and driving conditions and should take responsibility for their own and other road users' safety.

Police car BMW monitoring motorway trafficIt is especially important to look out for the most vulnerable road users, pedestrians and cyclists. Motorists should drive considerately and reduce their speed to meet the traffic and weather conditions.

Drivers shouldn't drive tired - difficult weather conditions are tiring to drive in and travelling in the dark has been known to make people feel tired and sleepy.

There are a few common-sense precautions drivers can take to reduce the risk of being involved in an accident.

Motorists should:

  • Make sure their lights, front and back, are in good working order.
  • Check the conditions of their wipers and washers.
  • Keep their windows clean.
  • Have their brakes and tyres looked at - on wet roads it's even more vital that brakes are working efficiently and tyre treads are legal.
  • Consider fitting winter tyres in cold weather.

Lights need to be in good working order and used when visibility is poor during the day time. However be careful that headlights don't dazzle other road users.

By ensuring vehicles are in good working order, slowing down if it's wet or foggy, and considering other motorists and pedestrians, drivers can make a real difference in reducing road casualties.