NATIONAL ROAD SAFETY WEEK
Skid cars and winter driving checks were among initiatives on offer to drivers at RAF Wittering during the station’s National Road Safety Week.
Supported by the RAF Wittering Road Safety Committee, the aim of the week was to raise the profile of road safety. During the week there was a skid car available for personnel to learn how to handle a car during a skid; this was enjoyed by the instructors a little more than the Station Execs who were left wishing they had not eaten first! Also the RAC provided a stand to enable station personnel to have winter driving checks carried out on their cars. This service, offered free from the RAC, is invaluable to check tyres, washers and lights are all serviceable before bad weather hits. Members of the Road Safety Committee were out during the week with a mobile speed sign to raise awareness of the speed drivers are keeping around camp and the RAF Police set up a speed trap again with a view to raising general awareness. The week also included a leaflet drop and visits from the Lincolnshire authorities to raise awareness on drink driving.
Sqn Ldr Rachel Mawdsley, OC 2 MT Sqn, said: “The week was a success in raising the profile of road safety and the committee is working hard again now concentrating on its two main themes for 2013 – fatigue while driving and cycle safety. Watch out for initiatives on Station.”
- The committee’s Cycle Safety project is currently in full swing. Cyclists are being reminded that they should wear a helmet that conforms with current regulations, wear reflective clothing when it’s dark and ensure their bike has the correct lights fitted. High-visibility vests are available from the Station Clothing Stores and white reflective stickers can be obtained from Station MT.