The current weather conditions in our area are increasing the possibility of travel delays on roads, stranding some vehicles and passengers, and delays or cancellations to rail and air travel. Some rural communities could become or remain cut off. Power cuts may occur and other services, such as mobile phones, may be affected.
Icy patches are likely to form on untreated surfaces during Saturday morning. As a result, driving conditions may become difficult and there is an increased chance of injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces.
How do I drive safely in wind, snow and ice?
The Met office state the best advice is – don’t drive unless absolutely necessary.
However if you genuinely do have to drive, make sure you prepare in by following the Met Office advice:
- Take food, water, blankets, a torch, a first aid kit, a fully charged phone, a shovel, jump leads and de-icer fluid.
- Make sure you clear all your windows – it’s actually illegal to drive if you can’t see out of all of them.
- Try to stick to major roads which should have been gritted and make sure you have a full tank of fuel, and check the oil and other engine fluids before you set off.
- Keep your distance – it can take 10 times as long to come to a stop in icy conditions compared to normal.
- At least 20 seconds’ distance from the car in front is recommended.
- Remember to drive smoothly and don’t brake or accelerate harshly, otherwise your tyres will lose grip.
- Keep the radio turned off or down low so you can hear the difference if you hit an icy patch.
- If you do skid, don’t brake – take your foot off the accelerator and let the car slow down itself.