Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Drive Safely

Following today’s huge pileup in Kent ECFRS is warning drivers to stay safe on the roads to make sure that there is a not a repeat in Essex

The county is experiencing changeable weather as summer turns to autumn and drivers need to make sure that they adjust their driving to suit those conditions.

Fog is a particular hazard. This morning around 130 vehicles were involved in a huge crash which left more than 70 people injured when thick fog descended on the road.

In fog drivers should:

• Use lights as required
• Keep a safe distance behind the vehicle in front. Rear lights can give a false sense of security
• Be able to pull up well within the distance you can see clearly. This is particularly important on motorways and dual carriageways, as vehicles are travelling faster
• Beware of other drivers not using headlights
• Do not accelerate to get away from a vehicle which is too close behind you
• Check your mirrors before you slow down. Then use your brakes so that your brake lights warn drivers behind you that you are slowing down
• Only drive as fast as conditions allow and follow a three-second rule.

Divisional Officer Neil Fenwick said: “Drivers simply need to exercise a little caution and some common sense on the roads when faced with changeable weather conditions.

“The best advice we can give is to slow down a little, make sure that you leave a gap between you and the car in front and use your headlights as required.”

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