With a cold weather warning sweeping the nation, now is the right time for drivers to pay particular attention to tyre safety for the coming wintry months, says TyreSafe. That’s especially relevant to those who drive significant distances as the weather increasingly turns to the classic British experience of ‘all four seasons in a day’. That makes winter tyres an option for many but all road users should at least ensure tyres are in good condition and ready to face all possible road conditions.
As the UK’s average mean temperature is below 7°C throughout the winter months*, winter tyres become the optimal choice for motorists. Even at low temperatures, they stay supple and provide the best levels of grip unlike summer tyres which harden in these conditions. Winter tyres also have an increased number of ‘sipes’ or grooves in the tread allowing more contact with the road in icy or wet conditions.
All-season tyres are an increasingly popular option as they provide better performance than summer tyres in winter and are designed to be driven all year-round. However, they do not offer the optimal performance of summer tyres in warm weather or winter tyres in the cold.
Police are urging road users to be safe as the darker mornings and evenings approach.
Sunday 29 October marks the end of British Summer Time and North Wales Police would like to remind road users to take extra care and remain vigilant when out and about.
With the clocks going back by one hour, the changes mean the days become shorter and it becomes darker much earlier and children, pedestrians and cyclists become even more vulnerable as they are less visible to motorists.
Don’t end up on skid row. That’s the message from Carmarthenshire Council’s Road Safety Unit targeting tyre safety on our county roads.
The tyre safety campaign coincides with ‘National Tyre Safety Month’. The message is simple, tyres should be checked frequently and especially before a long journey. Drivers should take care of their tyres, keep them correctly inflated and replace them when worn or damaged.
Passenger vehicles (other than motorcycles) for not more than 8 seated passengers, Goods vehicles (not exceeding 3,500kg max gross weight), Light trailers (not exceeding 3,500kg max gross weight), must have a tread depth of at least 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tread and around the entire circumference. Most vehicles larger than those listed above and motorcycles 50cc and over with or without a sidecar, must have a minimum legal tread depth of 1mm.
Pupils from Derwendeg Primary School recently took part in a road safety event, as well as overseeing the installation of a new 20MPH zone outside the school.
Members of Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Road Safety Team were joined by Cllr Sean Morgan, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Sustainability, who awarded a trophy to the class who travel most sustainably to school.
Competition was fierce, with the majority of children in the school choosing to walk or cycle, with the winning class having 85% of children travelling to school in this way. The competition will now be held every term.
This short film, explaining the joint working between the Police and Paramedics in mid-Wales, was recently presented at the TISPOL Conference in Manchester.
The joint working initiative, led by Sgt Owen Dillon of Dyfed Powys Police and Carl Powell of the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust (WAST), pairs a police officer with a paramedic. When called to a road traffic collision the paramedic is able to advise the Ambulance Service about the number of ambulances required, deliver immediate treatment to casualties and frees up the police officer to safely manage the scene.
Filmed over the May Bank Holiday weekend, it gives a flavour of a day during Op Darwen, which looks to engage and educate motorcyclists, enforcing where necessary.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has installed a new safe crossing point at Treforest Industrial Estate, following a significant joint investment with the University of South Wales (USW).
The £150,000 project has seen a toucan crossing introduced at Main Avenue (A4054), located between the USW Sports Park and Powys Road junctions. It provides a safe crossing point for pedestrians and cyclists on the main road through the industrial estate, with Treforest Estate Railway Station nearby.
Following the installation of the new traffic signal controlled pedestrian crossing, the traffic signals were commissioned on Tuesday, October 3, and are now fully operational.
Residents in Milford Haven have done their bit to help with a Dyfed-Powys Police road safety operation.
More than 300 speeders were caught in a 24-hour campaign last week, held to mark the second annual TISPOL Project Edward – European Day Without a Road Death.
A total of 332 cases of excessive speed were among the offences identified by GoSafe, Dyfed-Powys Police and Community Speed Watch schemes across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys during Project Edward on Thursday, September 21.
Learner drivers will be able to have lessons on motorways in a bid to improve road safety, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced today (13 August 2017).
The law change will be active from 2018, when learners will be allowed on motorways with an approved driving instructor in a dual control car. This will provide a broader range of real life experiences and better prepare learners for independent driving when they pass their test.
Currently learners cannot drive on a motorway until after they have passed their test. This means the first experience of motorway driving for many is as a new driver without the guidance of a driving instructor or the safety of a dual control car.