Top tips for staying safe this winter

It’s not just when you’re out and about by the sea or walking through the hills that you need to be safe this winter. Here are some top safety tips for those wintry days when you’re out and about volunteering wherever you are …
Collection of road safety signs; pedestrian crossing the road, road works, cyclists and traffic lights

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  1. Be safe, be seen

    Reflective clothing may not seem like the trendiest things you could wear, but they will definitely help you be seen as you walk or cycle to your RNLI shop or lifeboat station. So get out your bright pink, yellow and green outfits, reflective badges and fluorescent gloves and remember, the brighter the better
  2. Lighting up the night

    If you’re cycling, make sure you check your lights are working before you start your journey, especially if you cycle on roads. Car lights are equally important, so keep an eye out for blown bulbs.
  3. Don’t let your tyres get tired

    Whether you’re a cyclist, motorcyclist, or driver, remember to pump up your tyres before you set out and make sure you’ve got sufficient tread to keep safe on the roads this winter.
  4. Looking left and right

    It sounds easy to do, but when you’re in a rush looking left and right before crossing a road doesn’t always happen. So, to help avoid incidents and near misses when crossing roads please think about using any crossings that are available as you walk to and from volunteering, and particularly at night or when it’s foggy. Please take care when walking through car parks too.
  5. To drive or not to drive

    When driving this winter, it’s a good idea to ask yourself if you need to make the journey, so you don’t risk driving if you don’t need to. Try to allow extra time for your journeys to factor in road conditions and check the weather forecast before travelling. If you are driving, then make sure you pack your winter kit – include de-icer, winter tyres (if appropriate), an extra supply of water and food, blankets and a spade (in case of a breakdown). For more safety information you can visit The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents site.