A two minute check prevents a wreck

FIRE crews from Cleveland Fire Brigade are teaming up with local tyre companies to carry out vehicle safety checks in shoppers’ cars in the run up to Christmas.

Drivers can go to Tesco Supermarket car park, West Dyke Road, Redcar on Saturday 8 December or Morrisons Supermarket car park, Lord Street, Redcar on Thursday 20 December between 10.00am-1.00pm to make sure their cars are roadworthy and suitable for these winter months, particularly as the bad weather is setting in.


The checks will involve:

  • Checking lights are working
  • Making sure wiper blades are working
  • Ensuring tyres are satisfactory
  • Filling up washer fluid
  • Giving advice

Figures show that during 2012 (January to October 2012) there were a total of 1,157 casualties as a result of road traffic collisions throughout Cleveland, of which 135 received serious injuries and 8 were fatalities.

Steve Walton, Redcar District Manager said: “We are determined to drive these numbers down and make our roads safer and this initiative is just one of the schemes we have to help do that.

“Last month we had road safety charity Brake’s National Road Safety Week (19-25 November) where we presented our Learn and Live road safety sessions to over 2000 students across six colleges in the Cleveland Fire Brigade area.

“They featured hard-hitting content and key road safety messages and were hosted by the Brigade in conjunction with Cleveland Police and the North East Ambulance Service to give the 16-19 year olds a broader understanding of the consequences of driving dangerously.

“I can’t stress enough not only the importance of ensuring your vehicle is roadworthy and maintained at all times but also careful driving, which means driving to the conditions of the road and not the speed limits, particularly when there is poor visibility. It is also very important for people to clear all vehicle windows of ice and snow, and make sure that windscreen washers are clear and in working order.

“I would urge drivers to go along to one of the supermarkets where we are carrying out the free checks to help keep themselves, their passengers and other road users safer on the roads this winter.”

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