POLICE forces are urging the public in Moray to be wary of winter when they hit the roads.
Grampian Police, along with other Scottish forces, have launched the 'Get Ready For Winter Weekend' which will run until Sunday.
It coincides with the clocks going back on Sunday morning.
Leslie Harrold, the road safety manager with Road Safety Grampian, said: "Drivers must ensure that all their vehicle’s windows are clear of all ice or snow before setting off.
"Also, if the inside of the windscreen is steamed up, then put on the demister and wait until the screen is completely clear.
"They should not be driving off with just a small area cleared on their windscreen. They must be able to see all around their vehicle when they are on the road. It just means going out to your vehicle five to ten minutes earlier than usual to clear your vehicle."
Mr Harrold said it is "vitally important" that drivers use their headlights when driving during dark mornings and evenings.
When the road surface is wet or icy, he said drivers should slow down and leave a much bigger gap between themselves and the vehicle in front of them. They must also allow more time to slow down and stop, he said.
Drivers should also carry extra items with them during the winter, Mr Harrold said.
These should include extra clothing including a heavy coat, gloves, scarf and hat; a charged mobile phone, a hot drink or water, some food or chocolate, a blanket, a torch with batteries, a spade, a bag of rock salt, a map, and any medicines that are taken on a daily basis.
Mr Harrold added that pedestrians and cyclists should ensure that road users can see them when they are on or near the roads. Pedestrians should also wear appropriate footwear, he said, and carry a small torch.