Road safety reminder for the Bank Holiday weekend

A259 road between Pevensey and Hooe known as the Marsh Road, looking towards Pevensey

A259 road between Pevensey and Hooe known as the Marsh Road, looking towards Pevensey

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East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is reminding drivers to take care as we head into the May Bank Holiday weekend.

A spokesman said, “We expect the roads around East Sussex and Brighton and Hove to get busier as people head out to enjoy the long weekend, whether they are getting away from it all or simply enjoying a staycation.

“As part of the Safer Summer campaign, the Service is urging people to take simple steps to ensure everyone gets to have fun this Bank Holiday and stay safe and well.”

It gave the following tips:

- Drivers should always assume that someone, or something, could be around any corner. Slow down, especially round bends and do not overtake when you cannot see what’s ahead.

- Motorists should clean windscreens regularly and keep washer fluid topped up – smears or dirt could affect your vision.

- The sun can dazzle in the summer. Make sure you have a pair of sunglasses handy.

- If you’re on two wheels, wear the right protective clothing and make sure you can be seen.

- Watch out for dehydration – it can affect your concentration. Motorcyclists are particularly at risk due to the heavy protective clothing they wear.

- There is no “safe” level of alcohol. If you are planning to go out for a drink, don’t drive. Please find another way of getting home.

- Cyclists and motorists – as the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents says “treat every road user as if they were a member of your family.