We are all too aware these days of the lack of Garda patrolling our streets. Gone are the days where you would find a Garda on a street corner or walking his beat.
Because of this we are now seeing an increase in road deaths on our roads.
The number of individuals who are blatantly breaking red lights, are over-taking in dangerous situations and who basicially have no regard to all other road users.
We all need to be a lot more vigilant before we decide to overtake a parked or moving vehicle and before we move off on a green light. There is no harn in checking your mirrors before a manoeuvre and taking an observation glance before moving off on a green light...just in case!
" Just because the light is green does not mean it's safe to proceed"
* Ensure you carry an Emergency Safety WarningTriangle.
* An extra warm blanket.
* Jump Leads.
* Small Fire Extinguisher.
* A decent First Aid Kit.
* A High Visibility Jacket.
* A mobile phone with a charged battery or two.
* Always let someone know where you are going and your expected arrival time.
* A torch with a spare set of Batteries.
What Distance should you keep?
To maintain the correct distance between you and the vehicle in front, you should know
how to apply the 2 second rule.
Applying the 2-second rule..." When the vehicle in front of you passes a fixed point on the road (i.e a bollard or lamp post) you must maintain a 2 second gap between you and the fixed point. As you count ...One Mississippi, Two Mississippi. You should not reach your fixed point until you have finished counting for two seconds. If you do you are too close "
Snow or icy conditions.
When driving in severe conditions such as snow or ice or extreme heavy rain down pours, your stopping distance increases 10 fold.
As the winter progresses you should:
• Keep as much fuel in your tank as possible. Winter weather can cause substantial delays. Running out of fuel whilst stuck in traffic or snow can be unpleasant and dangerous.
• Listen for weather reports a day before you intend to travel. If you drive into bad weather listen to the local radio station for up-to-date travel news.