Ice driving caution reminder for next few days - The Leamington Observer

Ice driving caution reminder for next few days

Leamington Editorial 11th Dec, 2017 Updated: 11th Dec, 2017   0

DRIVERS are being reminded to take extra care on the roads over the next few days.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of ice and freezing conditions throughout Monday and into Tuesday.

With heavy snow still on the ground over much of the West Midlands region, Warwickshire Police and the Safer Roads Partnership are urging caution.

A police spokesperson said: “With the current forecast of icy conditions motorists are being encouraged to really consider if their journey is essential or not.

“Driving in icy and snowy conditions is challenging for drivers as vehicle handling changes significantly and stopping times and distances increase. When roads are slippery, it can take up to ten times longer for your vehicle to come to a stop.

“If your journey really is essential/necessary then ensure you reduce your speed, keep well back from the vehicle in front and allow plenty of time to slow down.”

The force is also reminding drivers about the importance of carrying an emergency kit in their cars in case of a breakdown or delay. This should include items such as an ice-scraper, torch, warm clothes and a blanket, a pair of boots, a first aid kit, battery jump leads, a shovel for snow, food and drink and sunglasses to help see in low winter sun.

Motorists are also advised to make sure their mobile phone is fully charged before heading off on a long journey.

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