Police urge drivers to prepare for winter weather

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LOTHIAN and Borders Police are taking to the region’s roads this weekend to ensure drivers and their vehicles are equipped and prepared for any wintery weather that may lie ahead.

From Friday-Sunday a significant number of vehicles will be stopped and checked throughout the Borders to ensure they are roadworthy and Road Policing officers will be emphasising the benefits of drivers checking their vehicles and preparing them for winter journeys.

The theme of the checks is education and advice however where vehicles are un-roadworthy and unsafe enforcement action may be taken.

Inspector Colin Shillito commented: “Over this weekend we are making huge efforts to engage with as many road users as we can. My officers will be taking the time to educate drivers on the need to ensure their vehicles and themselves are prepared for winter driving”.

“This weekend is not all about enforcement, we want to use this time to make drivers think about winter driving and their responsibilities. We want drivers to be prepared and that preparation starts before the journey does. Obviously the list goes on and on, but basic things: is the journey necessary or can I postpone or make other arrangements? If it is necessary have I checked my route is open there and back? What if I get stuck does someone know the route I am taking? Have I got my mobile and is it fully charged? Is my vehicle suitable for driving in these conditions? Are the levels of fuel, oil and water in my car okay? How are my tyres, the tread, are they properly inflated, would winter tyres help?

“If people are unsure about any thing relating to their vehicle, we would encourage them to book a vehicle winter check with a local garage, many do this free of charge or for a small fee.”