Six tips on avoiding becoming a casualty on the roads this winter

EEAST staff and firefighters at the scene of a road traffic collision
EEAST staff and firefighters at the scene of a road traffic collision
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The region’s ambulance service is urging road users to take extra care to avoid another increase in winter collisions.

Last winter, ambulance service staff attended 6,051 road traffic incidents across the East, compared to 5,861 between November 2013 and February 2014 and 5,563 the year before.

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) has issued this advice on national Road Safety Week, which runs until November 29th and is an initiative organised by charity Brake.

The following advice comes from the Trust’s driver training team:

1) Stick to the speed limits and drive to the road conditions.

2) Leave an appropriate distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead.

3) Give yourself extra time to get to your destination, particularly in icy conditions.

4) Avoid distractions to maintain your full concentration whilst driving in winter conditions.

5) Never drink and drive and make plans in advance to get home if you are out partying this winter

6) Wear hi-visibility clothing and use lights if you are walking or cycling in the dark.

For more information about Road Safety Week, visit www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk

For more information about EEAST’s Wise Up For Winter campaign, visit www.eastamb.nhs.uk

County breakdown of the number of road traffic collisions attended by EEAST between November 2014 and February 2015 (compared with the previous winter):

Bedfordshire - 702 (606)

Cambridgeshire - 875 (911)

Essex - 1,724 (1,672)

Hertfordshire - 1,087 (1,056)

Norfolk - 979 (969)

Suffolk – 684 (647)