Police urge motorists to take care after snow warning
Suffolk Police has urged motorists to drive carefully after the Met Office issued a snow warning for the East of England.
The Met Office issued an amber snow warning on Sunday that was updated this morning (Monday), which said: “A band of snow will become slow moving over the area through today, fragmenting and dying out from the north through this evening and overnight.”
The statement added “accumulations of five to 10cm look likely to occur in many areas”.
Suffolk Police warned that the public should be prepared for the risk of disruption, particularly to travel.
A spokesman said: “In winter, weather driving conditions can deteriorate fast making driving hazardous.”
The service has issued the following advice to drivers using the county’s roads:
- Make sure all your car lights are working and you have no failed bulbs. Ensure that dirt, salt and snow is cleared away from light fixtures
- Always ensure all windows are fully cleared of snow, frost and condensation before setting off on a journey. It is illegal to drive with obscured vision
- Clear snow from the top of the car as this can fall down and obscure your windscreen while you are driving
- Keep windscreen washer fluid topped up as windscreens quickly become dirty from traffic spray and salt from the roads
- Make sure you have sufficient fuel for your journey. Keep the fuel tank topped up
- Give yourself extra time for your journey and drive at a constant speed. Accept your journey will take longer and don’t take risks
- Take a mobile telephone with you and make sure it is fully charged. Carry a mobile charger in the car.
- If you get stuck in the snow stay with your car, but in an emergency if you do need to leave it, park it out of the main traffic route where it won’t cause an obstruction when conditions ease.
- Leave a contact number on the inside of the windscreen and return to your car at the first opportunity you have.
Visit www.metoffice.gov.uk for the latest weather warning updates.
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