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08 August 2016

Stop for tea with emergency services at M6 event

M6 Trucks

Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service join Highways England for road safety awareness event.

Motorway safety is the theme at a free event at nineteen M6 service stations on Thursday 11 August - including Tebay North & South in Cumbria.

From 10am to 3pm, colleagues from Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service and Tyresafe are joining Highways England traffic officers to encourage drivers to Stop 4 T to check that their vehicles are safe to travel and to learn about the impacts of bad driving and poor vehicle maintenance.

Vintage emergency services vehicles will also be available to explore at some locations.

Visitors can help promote the message by tweeting photos from selfie-boards and enter a free prize draw.

John Wall, area commander for Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for local road users to enhance their knowledge and understanding of road safety, including some basic tips that can make a huge difference and help save lives. Cumbria Fire & Rescue is pleased to be supporting this event, which is a fantastic way to spread an important message and have some fun at the same time.”

Speaking for all partners at the event Stuart Lovatt, Safety Action Plan team leader at Highways England said:

“Safety days are always popular with drivers and families, and they are a fantastic opportunity to check you’re doing everything you should be doing to get fit for travel.

“Our motorways are the safest in the world, but only because we take safety so seriously. It’s a message we want to pass on to the drivers of today, and the drivers of tomorrow.”

Stop 4 T has six themes.

T is for Tyres                                     

Tyresafe will be on hand to advise at every service area on the M6. Checking your treads and pressures could save your life. Poorly-maintained tyres affect steering, braking and handling, and are more prone to blowouts - putting yourself, your passengers and other lives at risk.

T is for Tiredness                  

Tiredness can kill. Never drive tired and take regular breaks.                      

T is for Towing                      

Make sure your vehicle is heavy enough to safely tow your trailer. There is a legal limit. Fit additional mirrors when you are towing any trailer that is wider than your vehicle. Ensure the towball is clean and free of grease, that the doors and windows are secure and the arial is safe.

T is for Two Second Rule     

The two-second rule is a simple but effective way of making sure you keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front. Double it in wet conditions.

T is for Top Up your tank

Don’t leave it to chance. There’s no excuse for running out of fuel on the motorway. But it’s not just embarrassing. It could add hours to your journey and it’s dangerous too - both for you and the person who has to come out and refuel you.

T is for Take Care around roadworks

The motorway is a workplace. Roadworkers have a right to a safe working environment.

Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service join Highways England for road safety awareness event.