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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Firefighters Issue Icy Roads Warning

29/11/2010

With the cold snap set the continue and further snow fall predicted overnight and into the week, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are urging drivers to take extra care on the road.

"During these icy conditions it’s really important for drivers to take their time and take extra care and try to stick to the main roads where possible."

Head of Risk Reduction, Ian Sloss

Across the county, the fire service has attended 29 road traffic collisions in the past week, including early morning incidents when the roads are icy and visibility is restricted.

Head of Risk Reduction, Ian Sloss said: "During these icy conditions it’s really important for drivers to take their time and take extra care and try to stick to the main roads where possible. Make sure your vehicle is free from snow and ice, the windows are free from condensation and that you have adequate equipment, such as a scraper and de-icer, in the vehicle should it be required later in the day.

"Keep a safe distance away from the car in front of you and if conditions are treacherous it may be worth asking yourself if your journey is vital. If you are venturing out in poor driving conditions, make sure you have a warm blanket, some water and something to eat in the car as well as a fully charged mobile phone should you need to call for help."

Out of the 29 road traffic collisions in the past seven days, nine took place over the weekend when the snow and ice was at its worst so far. Ian Sloss added: "Excessive speeds are in general a contributing factor in the majority of road traffic collisions, so it is essential that people re-evaluate the speeds they drive at when roads are icy."