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Police Advise Caution on the Roads this Weekend

Police Scotland are asking people to take care on the roads this winter after the Met Office issued a severe weather warning for Perth and Kinross.

They’re cautioning amber and yellow warnings for strong winds on Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th  and Monday  31st of January.

You can find out more on heartland dot scot.

The Met Office said: “Storm Malik will bring a period of very strong winds and disruption across eastern Scotland on Saturday”.

Chief Superintendent Louise Blakelock said: “Keeping people safe on our roads is a priority for us throughout the year, however in the winter months it is important to ensure vehicles and drivers are prepared for the change in road conditions.

” Some simple steps can be taken to prepare such as checking lights on vehicles to make sure they are in good working order, ensure tyres have sufficient tread, check windscreen washer fluid levels and look out scrapers for clearing frost and ice from your vehicle.

“As the nights get darker, I would also ask pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders to ensure they are visible to other road users.

Below is the list of advice that police Scotland released on how to stay safe on the roads for winter.

Advice for pedestrians

  • Dress for the weather by wearing reflective or bright-coloured clothing so other road users can see you when it’s dark or visibility is poor 
  • If you are walking home late at night, make sure someone knows where you’re going and when 
  • Vehicles can take up to ten times longer to stop on slippery road surfaces so take extra care crossing the road 
  • Stick to pedestrian crossings 
  • If there are no crossings nearby, find a place with a clear view and wait for long gaps in the traffic before crossing the road 
  • Don’t cross the road between parked vehicles, unless it can’t be avoided then take extra care (look out for vehicles that suddenly pull out or reverse) 
  • Never cross the road behind a bus 
  • If there is no pavement, keep to the right hand side of the road so you can see traffic coming towards you.

Advice for cyclists

  • Make sure your bike can be seen by people on the road 
  • Use a good set of front and rear lights (white at the front, red at the back) 
  • Wear clothes that help you be seen on your bike, such as bright and light reflective items 
  • Pay attention to road signs, markings and particularly red lights 
  • Do not cycle on the pavements, they may be slippery and can also endanger pedestrians 
  • Be mindful of the effects poor weather can have on other road users 
  • Make sure you know about the dangers around you 
  • Cars can take twice as long to stop in wet weather 
  • Braking can be unpredictable in ice and snow. 

Advice for drivers

  • Make sure your car is ready for winter 
  • Check that your tyres, brakes, windscreens, wiper blades and windows are free from defects and clean 
  • Drive to the road conditions. Road conditions can change without warning, stopping distances will be affected by the weather 
  • Make sure your windows are clean and aren’t misted up 
  • Make sure there is no snow and ice on your windows before you drive 
  • When the roads are icy, drive at a slow speed in a high gear 
  • Accelerate and brake very gently 
  • Driving distracted (for example, using a Sat Nav) can cause additional stress. It is dangerous to yourself, passengers and other road users.

for more information on road safety in the winter please visit https://roadsafety.scot/

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