FTA offers its support for winter road safety

20th December 2016

FTA offers its support for winter road safety (image credit: Krystian Nawrocki via iStock)

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has offered its support to this year's winter road safety campaign from Highways England.

Focused on highlighting the dangers of driving in the rain, the campaign offers some excellent advice to travellers on how to remain safe even when faced with the harshest of driving conditions.

According to the FTA's own data, around 85 per cent of road traffic accidents in bad weather take place in the rain, while almost 100 times more road deaths occur in rain compared with snow and ice.

The recommendations offered by Highways England have therefore been fully backed by the FTA, including the need to reduce speed in the wet and always be aware that stopping distances will increase.

Moreover, the FTA has highlighted its own efforts to ensure at-work drivers are given all the help and support needed to stay as safe as possible when the heavens open.

FTA head of road network policy Malcolm Bingham commented: "We work closely with the national highway authorities and the Met Office to communicate vital weather information and provide a traffic information service which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to ensure that vital amber and red winter weather alerts are passed on to members as they are issued."

Natalie Brinkley, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, adds: "Motorists must ensure they are fully prepared for what the harsh winter might throw at them, and this means always being alert and ready to react when driving in less than ideal conditions."