Talvilomalle auton rattiin vain virkeänä
Driving to winter holidays: take the wheel only if you are fresh and alter

18.2.2021 8.53
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Friday 19 February marks the start of the winter holiday season, with the holidays beginning in the South of Finland. In road traffic this means that the following weekends will be exceptionally busy on the roads, irrespective of the Covid-19 pandemic.

As always, the policy will be in charge of traffic safety throughout the county, focusing particularly on drunken driving, speeding and driving style faults, such as too short safety distances, use of the seat belts and tyres to match the weather conditions.

- In winter driving and traffic, the driver’s alertness is key, but also the functioning of the vehicle lights and the use of reflectors by the pedestrians are very important, Police Inspector Heikki Kallio of the National Police Board points out.

However, he also reminds the holidaymakers that anyone setting off to the winter holiday traffic outside their own living area should consider the trip with care. There are still very many new corona cases, and the ways to control the spreading of the disease are based on regional measures, in particular.

Anyone starting their holidays outside the home should pay careful attention to the recommendations issued by the Institute of Health and Welfare (THL) and the various hospital districts.

- Those on the road must take good care of the safe distances when stopping for breaks, without forgetting the masks and good hand hygiene, Inspector Kallio adds.

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