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Drivers warned to be cautious as temperatures set to plummet
3:40pm Wednesday 9th January 2013 in News
WITH colder weather forecast for the next few days, drivers are being urged by Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service to be extra cautious and avoid becoming casualties.
Road traffic collisions account for a lot of the incidents the service attwnds each year, and the winter months are always busy, with icy conditions presenting an extra hazard for motorists.
Sharon Jones of the service said: “While we’ve had flooded roads to contend with this winter, there’s been only a handful of icy mornings and no snow as yet.
“However, we do tend to see an increase in collisions when the roads are icy and so we are keen to encourage motorists, particularly younger drivers who may not have driven on the ice before, to keep an eye on the weather and take extra care when freezing temperatures are forecast.”
Key safety advice for icy weather includes: • Keep a regular check on weather forecasts and travel information, and avoid unnecessary journeys if the roads are known to be icy.
• Remember that it can take considerably longer to stop in icy conditions, so reduce your speed and keep your distance.
• Ensure your windows, mirrors and lights are free from ice before starting your journey.
• Ensure your vehicle is well-maintained and serviced ready for winter.