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Police issue advice for people heading to Inverness, Highlands and NC500 this summer

By Louise Glen

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Speed checks on NC500.
Speed checks on NC500.

With many people heading to the north of Scotland this summer, road policing officers are reminding road users to be safe on country roads.

Drivers are reminded to reduce speed on approach to bends and junctions and look out for blind summits and hidden dips.

Constable Neil MacDonald of Highlands and Islands Road Policing said: “The scenery in the area attracts people from all over the world. While we welcome the visitors we would like to remind them that some of the roads are different to what they may have encountered before and to be careful and safe while visiting.”

Many of the roads are single track and only wide enough for one vehicle. In these instances there will be signs for passing places and drivers are asked to use these responsibly and use them to allow vehicles to pass and overtake.

Chairman of Highland Council’s tourism committee, Gordon Adam said: “Driving throughout the Highlands is truly unique and the journey is very much part of the experience, however it does come with some challenges; particularly on narrow single track roads.

“We encourage all to drive according to the conditions of the road.

"Be courteous to other road users – please check your mirrors regularly and pull in and let the traffic behind you pass.

"Others may be carrying out vital deliveries or travelling to work, if you see a vehicle flashing headlights, it maybe someone attending an emergency. Pull in and let them pass."

He continued: "Take extra care when passing cyclists and walkers, particularly on single track roads and look out for livestock and horse riders.”

Drivers are also reminded to put away any distractions and always fasten seatbelts.

Constable Neil MacDonald said: “Following this advice will help ensure you have a safe and enjoyable trip while helping to play your part in ensuring the smooth and safe running of the roads in the north.”

Trish Robertson, chairwoman of the Highland Council’s economy and infrastructure committee said: “The Highland Council fully support Police Scotland’s Road Safety campaign to inform visitors of the challenges of driving in rural locations with single track roads.

“Please make use of the nearest passing place and pull to the left to let traffic pass. You may have to reverse to let a vehicle pass. If you see a large vehicle approaching in the distance, be prepared to stop in the next passing place and wait for them to go by you.

“Follow the guidance provided by Police Scotland to ensure that you and other road users can safely enjoy the beautiful Highland scenery.”

A leaflet has been produced for anyone travelling in the area, it can be found by clicking here.

READ: Police Scotland in plea to motorists as school holidays herald arrival of more holidaymakers in the Highlands and on North Coast 500

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