Free Guide to Winter Driving

At this time of year, it’s important to keep in mind the change in road conditions and the effect this will have on the way we drive. Preparing your car ahead of time can cut down on future maintenance costs and more importantly, prevent an accident from happening.

Sainsbury’s Bank has created a guide to driving in winter, highlighting steps you can take to help keep safe on the roads. It’s full of information about essential winter driving equipment you should carry and tips on when and how to use it. Simple things, such as making sure your washer fluid is topped up, can save you trouble in the long run and ensure that you’re fully prepared for poor weather and road conditions.

You can find the guide here:

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Scarlets Players Support Walk to School Month

SCARLETS players Ken Owen and Rhys Patchell are supporting International Walk to School Month.

Pupils from Brynteg School were invited to Parc y Scarlets to start their ‘walk to school’ where they were met by Captain Ken Owens and fly-half Rhys Patchell.

They were also joined by Council Leader Emlyn Dole, as well as local councillors Sharen Davies (Llwynhendy) and Deryk Cundy (Bynea), and not forgetting the council’s road safety mascot Gary GoSafe.

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Daylight Savings at 100 – A Century of Wasted Opportunity

As the daylight savings system reaches 100 years old in 2016, family safety charity RoSPA – which also celebrates its centenary this year – is calling for a time-shift fit for the 21st century.

British Summer Time (BST) was introduced during the First World War in May 1916 in response to the German decision to take the same step to make the most of daylight hours. In the UK for the rest of the war, the clocks ran one hour ahead of GMT through the summer.

This same practice has been implemented by the Government since then, other than a short period during the Second World War and an experiment between 1968 and 1971, during which year-round BST was trialled, saving around 2,500 deaths and serious injuries each year of the trial period.

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Walk to School Month with Pengam Walking Bus

Pupils throughout Caerphilly county borough are celebrating International Walk to School Month this October, with 5,000 pupils ditching the car and walking to school.

23 Caerphilly schools are currently taking part in the global event, with classroom charts and prizes awarded to each school from Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Road Safety Team.

Walking buses have also proven very popular during Walk to School Month, as well as Junior Road Safety Officers from Tyn-Y-Wern, Pengam and Crumlin Primary Schools producing presentations in assembly to promote walking within their respective schools.

Cllr Tom Williams, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transportation and Engineering said: “By making the effort and walking to school, pupils are doing their bit to help the environment by reducing their carbon footprint. Walking regularly also helps to keep pupils fit and active which is important for their wellbeing. Well done to everyone who is taking part in Walk to School Month”.

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Road Safety at Work: Online Course for Managers

A new on-line course developed by the EASST Academy in partnership with Cranfield University and IRU Academy is now available for anyone with the responsibility for training, supervising and monitoring occupational drivers.

The course will give you the skills to deliver and sustain a robust road safety management strategy, because a safe fleet is in everyone’s interest.

Businesses that adopt a thorough approach to driver safety can benefit from reduced insurance, less damage to vehicles and goods, better staff retention and a significant reduction in working time lost through accidents.

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Think! Country Roads Campaign

The THINK! team has relaunched its ‘Country Roads’ campaign which will run until the end of November.

This campaign is targeting drivers aged 25-34 years, using the message ‘Brake before the bend, not on it’. Evaluation shows that this age group did reduce their speed into bends following the 2015 campaign.

59% of all road fatalities occur on country roads, and in 2015, 10,307 people were killed or seriously injured on country roads in Great Britain. The number of people killed on country roads is 10 times higher than on motorways.

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Funding Helps Teen with Visual and Hearing Impairment Drive for First Time

A Newport teenager with severe visual and hearing impairment has gone behind the wheel of a car for the first time thanks to a charity.

Emma Gaylard, of Newport, who has Stickler Syndrome, had the chance to drive a car through the charity Sense, who support people who are deafblind or who have sensory impairments or complex needs.

The charity recently received a grant of more than £414,500 from the Big Lottery Fund to provide tailored support for 50 deafblind and multi-sensory impaired young people across South East Wales.

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New Online Portal Maps Resources for Older Drivers

A new online portal of motoring research relating to older and disabled consumers has been launched.

The Motoring Research Portal, created by the Research Institute for Consumer Affairs (Rica), includes more than 80 items of research from industry, academia and third sector organisations.

The portal uses bookmarks to show information on topics including technical research, for example on secondary vehicle technology (which covers everything from the ignition, lights and indicators to heating, air conditioning and in-car entertainment) and the role of autonomous cars.

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Be Seen This Halloween

Parents across Carmarthenshire are being reminded to make sure their children can ‘Be seen this Halloween’.

The Council’s Road Safety Team is launching its annual ‘be seen’ campaign to coincide with the clocks going back on Sunday, October 30.

With the darker mornings and nights coming in, children are being encouraged to wear bright clothing. Parents could also consider investing in fluorescent / reflective armbands or tabards to help keep their children safe when out and about near roads.

Executive Board Member for the Environment Cllr Hazel Evans said: “On dark nights and in bad weather all pedestrians; and children in particular, are vulnerable on the roads because they are less visible to motorists.

“We want to encourage parents to ensure that their children are made aware of the importance of wearing bright clothing this time of year.

“Anyone travelling near traffic, for example children walking to and from school in the winter, should wear or carry something reflective in poor light and bright or fluorescent during the day to make themselves as visible as possible and keep them safe.”

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Newport M4 Speed Cameras: 240 Drivers Caught in Three Days

Almost 250 people were caught speeding in the first three days since enforcement was introduced on the M4 around Newport.

The variable speed limit covers the stretch from junction 24 (Coldra) to junction 28 (Tredegar Park).

The system was introduced in 2011 but was inactive for five years - fines have only been issued since 10 October.

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