Are you ready for winter?

***UPDATED Tuesday 6 January 2015 (tomorrow’s event cancelled)***

Birmingham City Council is working with Kwik Fit as part of a national winter driving campaign between the auto repair chain and Road Safety GB.

Free sessions are being staged for motorists to underline the importance of regular vehicle maintenance and safety checks – so motorists can stay safe and legal when driving this winter.

As temperatures begin to drop, drivers are reminded to check their vehicle is ready for winter as driving on illegal tyres is unsafe and can result in three penalty points and a fine for each illegal tyre.

For a smoother journey this winter remember to: 

• Check the weather forecast and road conditions;
• Check and replace the anti-freeze in the radiator;
• Make sure your lights are clean and check the bulbs are working;
• Ensure your windows are clean and remove all snow from windows;
• Replace the battery if it is not reliable;
• Ensure your tyres are correctly inflated and replace them if the tread has reached the legal minimum.

Two Birmingham events are being held to provide advice, to carry out safety checks and to inform drivers of what they can do to stay safe on the roads.

The events are being held at:

Date: Tuesday 9 December 2014
Venue: The Fort Shopping Park, 20 Fort Parkway, Birmingham, B24 9FP
Times: 10am to 3pm

Date: Wednesday 7 January 2015
Venue: One Stop Shopping Centre, 2 Walsall Road, Birmingham, B42 1AA
Times: 10am to 3pm

Cllr James McKay, Cabinet Member for Social Cohesion, Equalities and Community Safety, whose portfolio covers road safety, said “Whatever occupies your time this winter, remember not to get caught out in severe weather and be a smarter driver – check traffic and weather updates.

“I would urge as many motorists as possible to take advantage of this offer to ensure they are ready and prepared for any poor weather we may face in the city.â€

Tom Curtis, one of Kwik Fit’s operations managers in Birmingham, said: “We want to help the public understand why it is so important that their cars are in good condition and ready for winter, what to check and how often.

“Your tyres are the only thing in contact with the road – regardless of all the safety measures on your car, if the tyres aren’t in good condition then it doesn’t matter about the rest of the features.

“Most people know that the legal limit for tread depth is 1.6mm, however being legal isn’t necessarily safe. Our aim is to educate people and make sure they are safe and ready for winter.â€

If you would like further information about driving safely contact the council’s Smarter Choices Team on 0121 303 7683 or Kwik Fit or your local Kwik Fit centre on 0800 222 111.

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