Safety first message for winter driving

Inspector Grant Edwards with Nigel Don and some of the items recommended for winter motoring.'Contributed photograph
Inspector Grant Edwards with Nigel Don and some of the items recommended for winter motoring.'Contributed photograph

ANGUS MSPs Nigel Don and Graeme Dey have been taking advice on how drivers can travel more safely this winter by making sure they are suitable equipped.

The two MSPs recently met Inspector Grant Edwards from Tayside Police who explained what every motorist should carry to stay safe.

Inspector Edwards, Traffic Inspector for Angus, said: “Ice scraper and de-icer, a chamois or microfibre cloth are ideal for cleaning windows both internally and externally. It’s sensible to have additional supplies of windscreen washer fluid and water to top up during a journey.

“If you get stranded, there are some essential pieces of kit to help keep you safe until the emergency services arrive. These are a torch, a shovel, if it is likely to snow on your journey, warm clothes and a blanket, a pair of boots, first aid kit, food and a warm drink in a flask during particularly cold weather.”

Mr Don, whose North Angus constituency includes mainly rural areas, urged constituents to make sure they have the recommended items.

He said: “Take 10 minutes to look around and see if you have any of the recommended kit. You might find an old fleece or a duvet in the bottom of a cupboard which you could keep in the boot of your car. For safety’s sake it would make sense to buy any missing items of essential kit.”

Both MSPs have pledged to take the police advice and are urging family, friends and constituents to do the same.