Are you prepared for winter travel?

Winter conditions
Winter conditions

We’ve had our first frosty mornings, so the time is definitely right to start thinking about how to stay safe while out and about this winter.

East Dunbartonshire Council is joining forces with the Scottish Government in a national campaign to keep residents as safe as possible throughout the winter months.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie, said: “Whether you travel by car, bike, public transport or on foot, you need to be prepared for bad weather.

“In 2010 people were stranded all over Scotland by heavy snow and plummeting temperatures – some even spent the night in their cars.

“We obviously hope we don’t have weather like that again this year, but we just don’t know, so we should take time to think about the journeys we make.”

Experts tell us before setting off we should check weather forecasts, tell someone where we are going and make sure our mobile phones are fully charged.

For those who drive, there are some specific tips about staying one step ahead of the weather.

Make sure your car is ready for Winter by carrying out some basic checks now:

*Ideally, get your car a Winter service if not:

*Check the anti-freeze and oil levels

*Checks lights are working

*Make sure your car has plenty of windscreen wash, to the right winter concentration, and wiper blades are working

*Check tyre treads – they may save your life in poor conditions

*Get your brakes checked

*Kit out your car with the following items:

A warm blanket, emergency food and drink, torch, shovel, de-icer, scraper, tow rope

*Mobile phone – make sure it’s charged

Councillor Geekie added: “Packing these essential items could literally save your life if you get caught out by bad weather.

“As a council we are doing our bit – we have over 400 grit bins throughout East Dunbartonshire and residents are welcome to collect supplies from the Broomhill depot - please bring your own shovel and container.

“You can also follow our daily forecast on our website, which will also say if we plan to send out our gritters that night.

“All of this information will help you plan your journeys better and stay safe on the roads.”