Police issue weather warning to motorists

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Wiltshire Police are advising motorists to take care in respect of snowfall which is expected across the county from the early hours of tomorrow morning.

Chief Superintendent Paul Mills said: ‘The Met Office weather forecast predicts that we are likely to experience snow and icy roads throughout Wiltshire tomorrow and over the weekend. This will lead to poor driving conditions and motorists should take extra care.

"We are working closely with our partner agencies to ensure that there are sufficient resources to deal with any weather related incidents.

"Our best advice is to avoid any unnecessary journeys if at all possible however there are measures that all road users can take to help reduce any risks."

Advice for road users:

  • Keep up-to-date with the weather forecast and road conditions before you set off on your journey
  • Check that your vehicle is roadworthy Make sure you have full visibility before driving, taking time to de-mist and de-ice all windows
  • Use your lights When the roads are wet and icy, it can take twice as long to stop your vehicle so slow down
  • Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front In poor visibility be extra alert for hazards
  • Carry warm waterproof clothing, a sleeping bag, food, water and a torch in your vehicle, in case weather conditions mean you have to stop
  • Make sure you have plenty of fuel for your journey before you set off Use the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin.
  • Manoeuvre gently and avoid harsh braking and acceleration. If you start to skid, gently ease off the accelerator and avoid braking. If braking is necessary, pump the brakes, don't slam them on.
  • Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged
  • Poor weather conditions mean it can be harder for drivers to see pedestrians and cyclists, so be vigilant and make sure you can be seen however you are traveling and wear high visibility clothing.

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