Winter advice for car owners

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BEAR Scotland have issued the following advice about safe driving in wintry conditions -

Only travel when absolutely necessary; Allow more time for your journey; Listen to local and national radio for travel and weather information; Slow down and leave increased distance between you and the vehicle in front; Be prepared when travelling.

Keep the following in your vehicle - Ice scraper, De-icer, Torch, Warm clothes including gloves and hats, Blanket, Shovel, Food and drink, High visibility jacket, First aid kit.

Check: Your tyres are at the correct pressures and have good tread; Your vehicle lights are clean and working;

Your wiper blades are effective; Your battery is in good condition and fully charged; Your vehicle anti-freeze is the right concentration (Your garage can do this for you); Your windows and mirrors are clear of ice or condensation.

Drivers can get winter driving advice at www.transportscotland.gov.uk/winter.

www.trafficscotland.org provides real time information on trunk road conditions.

Consider public transport options for your journey by visiting www.travelinescotland.com or www.transportdirect.info