A PROJECT led by the council’s road safety team is helping Wirral businesses ensure their staff are as safe as they can be on the roads this winter.

Through ‘Mind Your Business’, a project that has been running for the last ten years, the authority works with companies across the borough to ensure that they, and their staff, are aware of the latest and best road safety practices to reduce the risks while driving for work helping to keep all Wirral road users safe.

Over the last few months, supported by the council’s partner, Kwik Fit, seven businesses in Wirral have been provided with winter safety checks, with a total of 151 cars checked.

Key findings from the checks showed that the top things to check on your car are:

  • Lights – know how to turn all your lights on and off and check them regularly (these include headlights, sidelights, fog lights - front and rear, brake lights, indicators - front and rear plus side repeaters, reverse lights, number plate lights)
  • Under the bonnet – carry out checks including on fluids levels (screen wash, oil and coolant)
  • Tyres – check tread depth, including spare tyre or cannister.

A council statement read: "Winter safety checks are just one of the services offered to organisations who are part of the ‘Mind Your Business’ project.

"Other services include events such as the ‘Mock Trial’ that sees a courtroom act out a potential road safety case and classroom-based learning and training sessions with industry experts to address the Fatal 4 – speeding, drink or drug driving, driving while distracted and not wearing a seat belt.

"To find out more about the available road safety support for businesses, including the ‘Mind Your Business’ project, visit the council’s website"