12 Days of Christmas from C&G Services – Yuletide Safety Tips – No.12

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On the twelfth day of Christmas, the tip from C&G……………………..

Day 12Be prepared and plan ahead

Besides an ice scraper and de-icer, it’s worth carrying a mobile phone with fully charged battery, torch, first-aid kit, tow rope, blankets, warm coat and boots, jump leads, snow shovel, warning triangle, an old sack or rug and water repellent spray.

Plan routes to favour major roads which are more likely to have been gritted. On long journeys it may be advisable to pack warm beverages and some food. Allow for extra journey time. Better to arrive late than not at all. Allow extra time for your journey.

I hope the 12 Safety Tips from C&G Services have been useful, that’s the last post now until my return in January 2014. So I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and all the best wishes for a fantastic New Year!

 

12 Days of Christmas from C&G Services – Yuletide Safety Tips – No.10

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Day 10On the tenth day of Christmas, the tip from C&G……………………..

Repairs and servicing.

Pay extra attention to the health of your vehicle. a correct mixture of water and antifreeze is essential to prevent breakdowns and it is advisable not to let fuel levels drop too low. a regularly maintained vehicle is less likely to fail on you!

There are usually loads of garages offering Free Winter Health checks this time of year, pop down to your local garage and get your vehicle checked out. Above all, get to where you’re going safely and have fun what ever you’re doing this Christmas and New Year!

(Next Tip – Thursday 19th December!!)

12 Days of Christmas from C&G Services – Yuletide Safety Tips – No.9

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Day 9On the ninth day of Christmas, the tip from C&G……………………..

Watch out for windy conditions!!

And not those caused by too many Brussels sprouts!!

Vulnerable road users such as cyclist will be affected by high winds and may be blown off course or even knocked off completely. Large goods vehicles, caravans and vans may also display erratic movement and cause other road users to take evasive action.

Remember! Drive defensively, be aware of unpredictable changes on the road especially around this Christmas. Above all, get to where you’re going safely and have fun what ever you’re doing this Christmas and New Year!

(Next Tip – Thursday 19th December!!)

12 Days of Christmas from C&G Services – Yuletide Safety Tips – No.8

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On the eighth day of Christmas, the tip from C&G……………………..

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Some good advice from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM)

 

• if you cannot see clearly use dipped headlights

• you should only use front and rear fog lights in fog where visibility is 100 metres or less

• use the windscreen wipers and washers as you need them

• drive so that you can always stop in the distance you can see to be clear in front of you

• check your speedo – it’s easy to go too fast

• do not accelerate to get away from a vehicle which is following too closely

• brake early and gently so that your brake lights warn drivers

• at junctions wind the window down and listen for traffic

• fog varies in thickness – don’t be caught out by a change in density

 Remember: Don’t rush this Christmas, take your time and get to your destination safely!

(Next Tip – Wednesday 18th December!!)

12 Days of Christmas from C&G Services – Yuletide Safety Tips – No.7

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Day 7On the seventh day of Christmas, the tip from C&G……………………..

Be safe, see and be seen…….

Iced-up windows on your vehicle. Don’t just rely on a ‘letter box’ to see through, by law you must fully clear your windscreen of all snow and ice before starting to drive. All lights must also be clear and don’t be tempted to leave a pile of snow on the roof of your vehicle, think about the people behind you!

If time is pressing in the morning, why not buy a cover or use an old sheet to cover the windscreen and windows around the car? Helps the environment too as you don’t need any chemicals to de-ice the car!

(Next Tip – Friday 13th December!!)

12 Days of Christmas from C&G Services – Yuletide Safety Tips – No.6

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Day 6On the sixth day of Christmas, the tip from C&G……………………..

Check your tyres…….

The tyres ability to grip the road surface are greatly diminished in cold weather, it is advisable to replace worn tyres before they reach the legal minimum of 1.6 mm (passenger vehicles)

Because it’s the only part of the vehicle that grips the road, the depth of tread on your tyres is a very important for the safety of your vehicle. It also signals the health of the tyre.

Driving with low tread depth increases the potential for tyre failure and aquaplaning. Low tread depth in winter weather conditions can severely reduce grip and control. Motorists driving with tyres under the legal limit also risk a fine.

Winter tyres greatly increase the vehicles ability to grip the road surface when temperatures fall below 7°. Winter tyres are produced from a different mixture of materials than standard/summer tyres. Winter tyres have more natural rubber in them, and this is less affected by cold temperatures. It doesn’t harden, and has better flexibility and grip in cold temperatures. The pattern (or ‘tread’) on winter tyres has more grooves than standard tyres. This means more snow sticks to the tyre, which actually helps improve grip in snow as snow sticks easily to snow. This helps the tyre attain better grip. Winter tyres also have a higher number of ‘sipes’ (little channels or slots) creating many biting edges that lock into icy and snowy roads, thus helping your vehicle brake and accelerate.

There are usually loads of garages around this time of year offering free winter health checks, be safe, get your tyres checked before winter really bites!

(Next Tip – Wednesday 11th December!!)

12 Days of Christmas from C&G Services – Yuletide Safety Tips – No.5

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5th DayOn the fifth day of Christmas, the tip from C&G……………………..

The out of control pedestrian…..

The icy conditions can make it difficult for pedestrians to stay upright; they may even be tempted to walk on the road if it has been cleared.

As drivers we have to anticipate their actions and be prepared to respond to unexpected occurrences.

When on the road, think ahead, if someone looks like they may do something
reckless, they probably will!

(Next Tip – Friday 6th December!!)

12 Days of Christmas from C&G Services – Yuletide Safety Tips – No.4

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On the fourth day of Christmas, the tip from C&G……………………..

4th DayThe office party…………..

It’s great to unwind after a long year at work but take a minute to think about the effects of alcohol on your ability to drive safely. Many of the functions that we depend on to drive safely are affected when we drink alcohol:

 

•             the brain takes longer to receive messages from the eye

•             processing information becomes more difficult

•             instructions to the body’s muscles are delayed resulting in slower reaction times.

You can also experience blurred and double vision, which affects your ability to see things clearly while you are driving. And you’re more likely to take potentially dangerous risks because you can act on urges you normally repress.

There is no safe limit to the amount of alcohol you can drink and still be able to drive safely.

Have fun at the party, but Don’t Drink and Drive this Xmas, share a lift, get a taxi stay over, but just leave the car keys at home!

(Next Tip – Wednesday 4th December!!)

12 Days of Christmas from C&G Services – Yuletide Safety Tips – No.3

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3rd DayOn the third day of Christmas, the tip from C&G……………………..

Let someone know where you’re going…..

During bad weather you cannot rely on just having a mobile phone for communication as the signal strength may be poor or non existent.

If you’re planning a trip during hazardous conditions, tell someone your plans, so that if you fail to show up, they can raise the alarm.

Take your time, don’t rush, and above all, have a great Xmas!

(Next Tip – Friday 29th November!!)

12 Days of Christmas from C&G Services – Yuletide Safety Tips – No.2

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2nd DayOn the second day of Christmas, the tip from C&G……………………..

Ice on the road

It can take up to 10 times longer to stop your car when driving on ice.

Look well ahead when driving and adjust your speed to reflect the conditions. If you get it wrong the consequences may be catastrophic.

In 2011, 32 people were killed and 3,912 people were injured in reported road accidents when there was snow or ice on the road surface.DfT

Xmas Wreath righthanded2figures also show that 6 people were killed and 672 were injured when it was snowing at the time. If your in any doubt about your ability or the severity of the conditions and the journey isn’t important, then don’t drive.

Take your time, don’t rush, and above all, have a great Xmas!

(Next Tip – Wednesday 27th November!!)