Get ready for winter driving with FLOWER power
With the darker nights, colder weather and wetter roads drawing in, Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership is urging motorists to use flower power to stay safe on the roads.
Ahead of winter and the worsening road conditions that comes with it, it is important to make sure your vehicle is ready to face the elements.
This doesn't mean having to have a full service or fit your car with snow chains or a plough. Instead a few quick checks of the vehicle before you leave can make all the difference.
One easy way to make sure you've checked everything before setting off is the acronym FLOWERS:
Fuel -Check that you have sufficient fuel for your journey.
Lights -Switch on ALL your lights and walk around the vehicle to see if they are working:
Oil -Once a week remove the dipstick when the engine is cold and check the level.
Water -Coolant and windscreen-washer levels need to be topped up.
Electrics -In addition to lights, check windscreen wipers, horn, heating, demisters and other electrically operated items.
Rubber -Check that wiper blades clear the windscreen effectively and that your tyres MUST have a minimum of 1.6mm of tread.
Safety Belts -Check that they all work correctly.
Taking a few minutes to follow these steps and make these simple checks can be the a difference between a serious accident and a safe journey.
Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member responsible for road safety, said: "There can be a temptation to assume your car is road worthy due to passing the annual MOT.
"However, it is your responsibility to yourself, anyone riding in your car and other road users to make sure your vehicle is in good condition. While it may seem silly, using FLOWERS can be a powerful, yet simple way of staying safe.
"Following these quick tips can really make the difference when the weather takes a turn and I'd encourage everyone to do this."
For any queries regarding road safety, contact the Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership on 01452 425662 or visit http://roadsafety-gloucestershire.org.uk/