Firefighters launch campaign to keep road users safe this winter

coulbyCleveland Fire Brigade is offering free vehicle winter safety checks and advice at Coulby Newham Fire Station on Saturday 12 November between 10am-4pm.

The event launches the Brigade’s Winter Driving Campaign – A two minute check prevents a wreck – which aims to encourage drivers to be prepared for adverse weather and road conditions as the winter months draw closer. This could include poor visibility, standing water, icy or snowy conditions.

The Brigade will be teaming up with both national and independent garages which will be on hand at the event to carry out the checks. These operators include National Tyres and Autocare, Middlesbrough Tyre & Autocentre and Derek Campbell Exhaust & Tyre Centre. The free two-minute drive-thru checks include tyres, lights, wipers, fluid levels and washer bottle. Motorists will be offered a free screen wash top up, ice-scraper and handy safety advice checklist to get prepared and keep safe on the road.

Andrew Bright, Learn and Live Co-ordinator with Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “Our aim is to encourage drivers to get prepared for winter driving conditions which can often strike with little warning and catch people out.

“All too often serious incidents on our roads could have been prevented with a few simple checks and precautions. We urge drivers to give themselves more time in poor driving conditions, ensure their vehicle is road worthy and that they can see and be seen. A few simple checks and a little advanced planning can help make our roads safer as driving conditions become more challenging this time of year.

“Events such as this run by the Brigade over the past few years have helped hundreds of motorists stay safe by highlighting minor defects that had gone unnoticed but could be quickly addressed to ensure a safer journey – remember a two minute check could safe a wreck!”

Middlesbrough Council Road Safety Team will also be on hand to give additional road safety advice and guidance on child safety seats.

Middlesbrough Council’s Road Safety Officer Lynn Hepworth thanked the businesses who were supporting this year’s event. She said: “Preparation is key to making sure journeys are as safe as possible, so we urge people to bring their cars in for a quick free check-up.”

The checks and advice are free and motorists visiting the drive-thru check-ups can also get their car washed by firefighters in return for a donation to The Fire Fighters Charity.