Fireworks safety advice for drivers ahead of Bonfire Night

PUBLISHED: 13:59 03 November 2016 | UPDATED: 14:04 03 November 2016

Be safe on the roads this Bonfire Night

Be safe on the roads this Bonfire Night

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After police were called to reports of men launching fireworks in a Hatfield street earlier this week, a road safety charity has issued advice for motorists ahead of Bonfire Night.

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Many of us will be taking to the road this week, going to light fireworks or watch them at local parks on November 5.

IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards Richard Gladman said: “Fireworks can be great fun but they can also bring out the wild side in some people.

“Keep alert and watch out for unusual behaviour such as kids throwing fireworks into traffic.

“A bit of planning and a lot of commons sense will go a long way to making sure your night goes with a bang and isn’t just a damp squib.”

Here are some tips to prepare drivers and riders for the firework season from IAM RoadSmart, which is moving its headquarters to Welwyn Garden City.

• Dress for the weather but do not drive wearing welly boots for driving.

• Make sure you have a designated driver if you are planning on drinking.

• Try to keep the noise down.

Understandably you are going to be with your mates but if you have pulled the short straw and are driving it is vital to have full concentration on the road.

• Protect your pets and never leave them in a car near a fireworks display in case they get agitated and injure themselves or damage the vehicle.

• Always travel with fireworks in a safe container in the boot removing any temptation for passengers to interfere with them when you are driving.

• To find out more about IAM RoadSmart, visit the charity’s new website at www.iamroadsmart.com

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