East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is asking drivers to make sure their car is able to cope with whatever the weather throws at us.
The call comes are part of the Service’s ongoing Winter Ready safety campaign.
David Kemp, Community Safety manager, said, “If your car breaks down you are usually safer waiting well away from your vehicle but in wintery weather that can be very unpleasant. Making sure your car is in good condition before you set off can reduce the chances of having a problem in the first place. You can also be prepared by getting together a car emergency kit.”
Car emergency kit
• Ice scraper and de-icer
• Torch and spare batteries - or a wind-up torch
• Warm clothes and blankets - for you and all passengers
• First aid kit
• Jump start cables
• Food and a warm drink in a thermos
• Reflective warning sign
• Road map
• Sunglasses - the glare off any snow or a wet road can be dazzling
• Mobile phone charger
The Service is also highlighting the risks of carrying out car maintenance at home – particularly working under a car or other vehicle.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents says it is better not to work under a vehicle if at all possible, however, if you have to do this then the following precautions should be considered:
• Always use the correct equipment eg quality axle stands
• NEVER work beneath a vehicle which is supported only on jacks.
• Use axle stands on a hard, level surface such as concrete.
• Securely chock the wheels remaining on the ground.
• Make sure that each axle stand is securely located under a strong point on the vehicle. Consult the vehicle manufacturers handbook.
• Check and don’t exceed the capacity of the stand.
More winter driving safety advice can be found online.