Drivers urged to take care as temperatures plummet

Tuesday 15 January 2013 Updated: 16/01 15:48

MOTORISTS are being urged to take extra care with road surface temperatures set to plummet to as low as -7C tonight (Tuesday).

The county's fleet of gritters will be out from 6pm but drivers still face the danger of black ice and slippery roads on some routes tonight and tomorrow morning.

Anna Higgins, communications manager for the Safer Roads Partnership said "There have already been numerous reports of hazardous driving conditions in the mornings and motorists need to take extra care when weather and driving conditions deteriorate. Vehicle handling can change considerably and it takes much longer to slow down on wet and icy roads. Keep well back from the vehicle in front and allow plenty of time to slow down."

"Steering may become unresponsive and if this happens, ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually. Braking sharply on an icy or wet road will only make the situation worse and could cause the brakes to lock and the car to skid."

The partnership is also reminding drivers about the importance of carrying an emergency kit in their cars during the winter months 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.

Miss Higgins added: "It really is worth spending a couple of minutes to put a few extra items in the boot of your car that could be essential if you breakdown or experience a delay due to bad weather. You may not need to use them but you'll be glad you packed them if you do."

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