Sunday, 3 November 2013

East Sussex Fire and Rescue urges motorists to take extra care during strike action on 4 November

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is asking motorists to take extra care as members of the Fire Brigades Union prepare for further strike action on Monday morning.

FBU members will walk out between 06.00 and 08.00 on Monday 4th November in a dispute with the Government over pensions.

Although firefighters not involved in the strike will respond to emergencies, cover will inevitably be reduced and members of the public are being asked to take extra care, particularly on the roads.

If you are taking to the roads in East Sussex and Brighton and Hove on Monday, particularly during the early commute, please be careful and follow our simple advice:

•Drive according to the road conditions and allow extra time for your journey if necessary;
•Remember to keep your distance from the car in front of you – it takes much longer to stop in the wet and fallen leaves in autumn can be just as slippery and treacherous for motorists as driving on ice;
•Make sure that you and your passengers are wearing seatbelts – you are 50% more likely to be killed or seriously injured if you are not wearing one;
•Avoid being distracted and never use your mobile phone while driving;
•Stay alert for other road users including people walking, jogging or cycling. Watch out for children at their bus stops as many schools return from the half-term holiday on Monday;
•Check that your lights and windscreen wipers are working properly – visibility during the winter months can be poor and there are fewer hours of daylight;
•Make sure that your tyres have sufficient tread and that they are inflated in line with the manufacturer’s guidelines;
•If you live in an area where there are deer, they are more apt to run into/across the road especially at dawn and dusk. If you see a deer cross the road, go very slowly as they often travel in groups.

Further advice about staying safe and preventing fires is available on our website - or watch our video.

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