The Rural Crime Team have been looking at Rural Crime issues and today we are looking at keeping safe in the darker nights and poor weather conditions. This is an extract from our Festive Season Fact Sheet, to see the full document visit www.warwickshireruralwatch.co.uk and look under Advice.
Mud on Roads
Farmers are reminded that wet weather means there is an increased risk of high levels of mud getting onto the roads by tractors, implements and trailers coming off fields onto the highway.
As well as being illegal, this is a problem which has led to serious accidents in the past and it is essential that farmers take steps to minimise its impact.
Be Safe Be Seen
With the darker nights and visibility sometimes poor because of weather conditions wear light coloured clothing and where possible reflective items such as strips or badges so drivers can see you.
If out walking your dog consider using a collar or lead with reflective strips.
Carry a mobile phone and always let someone know where you are going and approximately how long you will be.
Consider carrying a personal alarm available from Neighbourhood Watch and retailers.
Never leave your car running unattended when defrosting windows.
Ensure your windows are fully cleared and you have all round visibility before driving.
Make sure your number plates are clean and visible.
Do regular checks ensuring you have enough fuel for your journey.
Ensure your oil and water is topped up and that you have plenty of liquid in your windscreen washer.
Take a charged mobile phone with you.