Motorists urged to drive safely this winter

LOTHIAN and Borders Safety Camera Partnership is highlighting the dangerous combination of driving too fast for the conditions with worn tyres.

The Partnership is asking people to check their tyres, reduce their speed and keep their distance when driving.

Free ice scrapers with a built in tyre tread depth measure are being provided at branches of Farmers Autocare and at police stations throughout Lothian and the Borders to aid people in clearing their windscreens and checking their tread. Postcards are also available to remind drivers of the simple actions which will increase their safety.

Wet roads, cold temperatures, snow and ice can all contribute to potentially dangerous situations such as loss of grip, aquaplaning and longer stopping distances. It’s important that tyres are in good condition and drivers reduce their speed to suit conditions.

With many drivers experiencing significant driving problems when the winter weather arrives, this speed and tyre safety campaign aims to ensure that drivers think ahead and do the simple yet important things to increase their safety.

Drivers are responsible for both the condition of their tyres and the speed at which they choose to drive. Failure to comply with the legal minimum tyre tread depth can result in a fine of up to £2,500 and potentially three points for each illegal tyre.