Police issue winter advice

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Police in the Lothians and Scottish Borders are urging motorists to make sure they are ready for winter.

As part of the Scottish Government’s Ready for Winter campaign, Police Scotland is urging motorists and cyclists to ensure they are prepared for the months ahead, by carrying out checks on their vehicles, and in the case of cyclists, ensuring they wear appropriate reflective clothing.

A video which is available to view on the Police Scotland Facebook page features a traffic officer showing the basic but essential checks that should be made to keep your vehicle in order.

In the Borders Road Policing officers are particularly keen to ensure that motorists take steps to ensure they are prepared for longer journeys over the winter months.

Roads Policing Inspector Richard Latto commented: “There are a number of arterial routes running through the region many of which pass through remote locations where weather conditions can make road conditions treacherous, and breakdowns more likely, particularly during periods of bad weather.

“With that in mind I would urge motorists travelling on these routes to plan ahead for their journey, to allow more time, and make sure they have appropriate supplies including warm clothing, and a fully charged mobile phone.

“It is also important that your vehicle is fitted with good quality tyres and vehicles should be fully checked to ensure they in a good mechanical condition, with emphasis on lights, windscreen wipers, and washers.”