New approach to road safety

MOTORING
The AA is advising motorists to reflect the change in the season with a change in their motoring habits. Days are getting shorter and there is more of a need to use your car lights on a daily basis.

The AA is advising motorists to reflect the change in the season with a change in their motoring habits. Days are getting shorter and there is more of a need to use your car lights on a daily basis.

On top of that it’s getting colder, the winds are picking up and fog is becoming a daily risk. September has already shown how inclement weather can be a major factor in road safety.

AA Roadwatch has reported on 41 collisions so far this month and there have been 8 fatalities.

With this in mind, The AA is urging motorists to check their car lights, including their fog lights.

“Driving in the dark, with just one headlight functioning is dangerous,” says Conor Faughnan, Director of Consumer Affairs at The AA.

“An oncoming driver may mistake your vehicle for a motorbike and on a narrow road, this can be particularly dangerous. They may not leave enough room for your vehicle to pass and this can cause a collision.”

Autumn brings with it, fallen leaves, blustery conditions and of course rain. Wet leaves are a common problem for motorists in the autumn months and it’s important to be prepared in these conditions. Check brake pads, tyre pressure and tyre tread depth.

“Remember wet leaves are not only slippery for motorists but also for cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians too. Make sure you leave plenty of room when passing more vulnerable road users,” says Faughnan.

Keeping your car in-shape with a pre-winter service can really help to avoid an unnecessary breakdown.