20 September 2013

Northamptonshire County Council’s fire and rescue service is offering advice to drivers about staying safe on the road.

Why is this advice being issued?

The advice follows the Fire Brigades Union announcement that they intend to take strike action next week (25th September) as a result of an on-going national dispute with the government.

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service has contingency plans in place to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum. Planning has been taking place both within the service and in partnership with neighbouring authorities to ensure it can continue to respond to emergencies during this time.

A significant part of fire and rescue work includes attending road traffic collisions, with figures showing that fire-fighters attended 486 road traffic collisions last year. Therefore drivers are being reminded of some simple advice to follow to help them stay safe on the road.

Tips on staying safe on the roads

  1. Slow down. Excessive speed is one of the main causes of road traffic accidents.
  2. Do not drink alcohol or use drugs that will impair the ability to drive.
  3. Always use seatbelts and child seats – remember, if you are involved in an accident a seatbelt could save lives.
  4. Do not use a phone while driving; distracted drivers account for a large proportion of road traffic accidents.
  5. Make sure that your vehicle is fit for the road and make regular checks of fluid levels and tyre pressures.
  6. Listen to weather advice and do not drive unless necessary in bad weather. Anyone choosing to drive in bad weather should be prepared for being stuck in traffic jams for long periods by taking blankets and drinks with them.

Fire and rescue service road safety co-ordinator Shaun De Groot said: “We have contingency plans in place and will be continuing to respond to emergencies, but this is a testing time for fire and rescue services across the country so anything that drivers can do to stay safe on the roads is very helpful.

“Resources will be stretched so as always, we would also like to use this opportunity to remind people to only call 999 in an emergency.”

More information

For more advice people can visit the fire webpages or they can follow the Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service Twitter account @northantsfire or Like their Facebook page.