SNOW: Safety advice for drivers
DRIVERS have been advised to take special care while driving in the snow.
Police are warning only essential journeys should be made but have issued the following advice to keep drivers safe:
- Check your car is up to the journey, tyres are correctly inflated and in good condition and that your lights are clean and working properly.
- Ensure anti-freeze has been added to the radiator and screen wash is of sufficient concentration.
- Tell a friend or relative where you are going.
- Take a spade, flask of hot drink, torch, fully charged mobile phone, phone charger, blanket and appropriate outdoor clothing.
- Slow down on icy or snowy roads and leave a greater distance between you and the car in front.
- Check your route with organisations such as RAC Travel and AA Road-watch, and tune into local radio before you set out.
- If you get stuck in an isolated area stay with your vehicle and remember the engine should not be left running in deep snow as there is a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Use your mobile phone if you need to access the emergency services for help.