POLICE are warning Borders drivers to be more alert as weather conditions start to deteriorate as the country moves fully into autumn.
Heavier rainfall combined with fallen leaves can make driving conditions more difficult and, with winter approaching, there is an increased likelihood of icy roads and snow.
Police say these risks can be minimised if drivers and vehicles are properly equipped and prepared for driving over these periods.
To highlight this, local officers will be carrying out checks over this weekend, during which they intend to stop a significant number of vehicles for roadworthiness checks.
The theme of the checks is education and advice, though where vehicles are unroadworthy and unsafe, enforcement action may be taken.
Inspector Colin Shillito says his officers will be making huge efforts this weekend to engage with as many road users as they can.
He said: “My officers will be taking the time to educate drivers on the need to ensure their vehicles and themselves are prepared for winter driving.
“This weekend is not all about enforcement, we want to use this time to make drivers think about winter driving and their responsibilities. We want drivers to be prepared and that preparation starts before the journey does.
“Obviously the list goes on and on, but basic things, is the journey necessary or can I postpone or make other arrangements? If it is necessary have I checked my route is open there and back? What if I get stuck – does someone know the route I am taking?
“Have I got my mobile and is it fully charged? Is my vehicle suitable for driving in these conditions? Are the levels of fuel, oil and water in my car okay? Do I need to carry spare water? How are my tyres, the tread, are they properly inflated, would winter tyres help?”
“If people are unsure about any thing relating to their vehicle, we would encourage them to book a vehicle winter check with a local garage. Many do this free or for a minimal fee. They can also check that batteries are fully charged.”