Essex: Ambulance service urges drivers to stay safe in bad weather (From Braintree and Witham Times)
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Essex: Ambulance service urges drivers to stay safe in bad weather
11:30am Friday 25th October 2013 in News
The county's ambulance service is urging drivers to take care as bad weather is forecast to hit the region in the next few days.
The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) is urging people to take care when driving on the roads in potentially hazardous conditions.
Strong winds and heavy rain are predicted across the country, both of which can make driving more dangerous.
A spokesperson for EEAST said: "It's important that people drive safe all of the time, but in times of bad weather, we'd urge you to take extra care.
"Lengthen the distance you leave between yourself and the vehicle in front so that you have more time to stop if needs be, as stopping distances can more than double on wet roads.
"If you have to drive through flood water, go through the most shallow part and test your brakes afterwards.
"Ensure your lights are fully functional before heading out - this is especially important given that the clocks go back this weekend, so the evenings will be getting darker earlier.
"And if you see one of our vehicles, or any emergency services vehicle, on blue lights, remember to pull over when it is safe to do so and stop so that they can overtake you."
EEAST has seen an increase of more than 900 emergency 999 calls this week compared to last week.
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