Thursday, 17 January 2013

Motorists urged to take care in snow

Lancashire Constabulary is urging motorists to take care in adverse driving conditions as snow is forecast across the county.

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for the North West tomorrow (Friday 18th January), which warns drivers to be prepared.

Sergeant Pat Worden from the Force’s Road Policing Unit said: “It is vitally important that motorists are prepared for the severe weather that has been forecast. It will cause disruption during both the morning rush hour and the evening rush hour.

“Anyone intending to travel should make sure their vehicle is in good working order especially in terms of tyres, lights, and overall repair and that it has enough petrol to get them where they are going – and home again.  All window glass should be clear from frost and snow before setting off.

“It is probably a good idea to have a number of essential supplies on-board such as a fully charged mobile phone, de-icer, a torch, a map, and even a small spade in case of snowdrifts. Warm clothing and suitable footwear is also a must. If the worst happens and drivers are stranded for any length of time it is imperative to try and keep warm. Motorists on longer journeys should consider taking food and a flask containing hot drinks with them.

“All drivers are urged to listen to weather forecasts and travel advice on local television and radio stations before setting off.

“Allow extra time for the journey and try to stick to more major roads which have been gritted. The breakdown services are likely to be inundated with calls for assistance, so you may have to wait much longer than usual.

“In addition, pedestrians need to make sure they wear visible clothing and take care when crossing the roads.”

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