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Icy Roads Warning as Temperatures Drop

10/02/2012

Icy / wintery roads
Hidden dangers of icy roads

Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership is urging drivers to take extra care on the roads due to the icy conditions which are expected to last the week.

"We do unfortunately tend to see an increase in road traffic collisions during the winter months, many of which can be avoided if people ensured their vehicles were fit-for-purpose and followed simple safety advice."

Head of Risk Reduction, Glynn Luznyj

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Head of Risk Reduction, Glynn Luznyj said: "With temperatures set to remain below freezing we are expecting icy roads and so we want drivers to take extra care.

"We do unfortunately tend to see an increase in road traffic collisions during the winter months, many of which can be avoided if people ensured their vehicles were fit-for-purpose and followed simple safety advice."

Inspector Ian Hancock, from Staffordshire Police’s Road Policing Team, said: "Motorists should check weather forecasts before they set off and listen to local and national radio for travel information.

"They should carry a screen scraper and de-icer and clear mirrors and windows both inside and out before departing. We’d remind people never to leave their vehicle unattended on the drive or roadside while defrosting it.

"Staffordshire Police, like all other emergency services, deal with a high number of extra calls during inclement weather conditions and have to prioritise incidents. Our vehicles are affected by the weather conditions too, which, along with the volume of calls, may affect response times.

"People are asked to only dial 999 in an emergency and to be patient when the bad weather hits."

Tips for staying safe on the roads:

• Make sure your vehicle is serviced prior to winter.
• It is important your battery isn’t faulty – if in doubt, change it.
• Keep your windows clean and the washer bottle filled.
• Clear your windows and mirrors completely of snow and ice before you set off.
• Keep your windows clear – make sure your heaters are blowing hot air.
• Keep up to date with the latest weather forecasts.
• Driving in severe conditions is tiring, plan plenty of breaks.
• Pack an emergency snow kit when you have to drive in snow.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are part of the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership. The partnership is spearheaded by Staffordshire County Council, Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Stoke-on-Trent City Council. For more information on road safety visit www.staffssaferroads.co.uk