STAFFORDSHIRE Fire and Rescue Service is urging motorists to extra care on the roads as more wintery weather is forecast.
The reminder comes after the service saw four fatalities on the county’s roads in the last month and attended 56 road traffic collisions which claimed 54 casualties.
Although this is a slight drop compared to the 61 crashes attended in November last year, the seriousness of the incidents has increased with four lives lost compared no fatalities in the same month in 2016.
A Staffordshire Fire and Service spokesman said: “The roads can be very dangerous at this time of year as the temperature drops and we start to see treacherous conditions including heavy rain, strong winds snow and ice.
“It is important that motorists keep this in mind and adjust their speed for the weather conditions and ensure their vehicles are fit to be on the roads before getting behind the wheel.
“We cannot stress enough how vital it is to ensure your car windows, mirrors and lights are properly cleared of ice and snow before you drive.
“We understand that it can be a burden to de-ice your car in the morning but it is a few minutes of time that can potentially save your life or someone else’s.
“One death in the county is one too many to us but to see four in one month is very concerning, as is the amount of people who have been injured in crashes in November.
Winter road safety tips:
• Make sure your vehicle is serviced before winter
• Tyre maintenance is vital. Check both the tyre pressure and tread every month.
• Make sure that your car battery is not faulty and if you’re in any doubt get it checked
• Clear your windows, mirrors and lights of snow and ice before you set off and always make sure the washer bottle is filled
• Keep your windows clear of condensation – make sure your heaters are blowing hot air
For more information on winter and road safety visit http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/road-safety.asp or call the free Community Advice Team on 0800 0241 999.