FIREFIGHTERS have issued a stark reminder not to get behind the wheel drunk this New Year.

A crew from Wokingham Road station have placed a heavily damaged vehicle on the forecourt in an effort to deter motorists from drink-driving.

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) will keep the static demonstration at the station until the New Year to act as a reminder to those who are celebrating.

A RBFRS spokesman said: "Don’t drink and drive. If you are out drinking, remove the question of driving from the equation – it’s not worth the risk. Book a taxi, catch the bus or get a lift from a designated driver."

The fire service issued the following advice:

  • Reduce your speed and give yourself time to react – you never know what’s just around the corner
  • Never use your mobile phone when driving, pull over somewhere safe before making or taking a call
  • Always wear your seatbelt and make sure your passengers are wearing theirs Keep your distance – remember the two second rule and leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front
  • If you are feel tired take a break, especially on long journeys – driving whilst tired could be lethal Be extra vigilant for motor cyclists – it is not easy to judge their speed and they can be hidden from view behind a tree, lamp post or bend
  • Drive for the conditions – in wet weather stopping distances will be at least double those required for stopping on dry roads
  • Regularly check the tread and pressure of your tyres, that all your lights work and the condition of your windscreen and wipers
  • Don’t pile up your car – store luggage securely as loose objects can become lethal objects when braking