Winter driving advice from Gloucester police

Police are reminding motorists to take precautions when driving on icy or snow covered roads.

With the current low temperatures and possibility of snow and ice in the county, motorists are urged to be careful and follow these simple tips to safeguard themselves and other road users:

  • Check that your car is up to the journey, tyres are correctly inflated and in good condition, and that your lights are clean and working properly.
  • Ensure anti-freeze has been added to the radiator & that screen wash is of sufficient concentration.
  • Tell a friend or relative where you are going.
  • Take a spade, flask of hot drink, torch, mobile phone (fully charged or with charger), blanket and appropriate outdoor clothing.
  • Slow down on icy or snowy roads and leave a greater distance between you and the car in front.
  • Check your route with such organisations as RAC Travel and AA Road-watch, and tune into local radio before you set out.
  • If you get stuck in an isolated area, stay with your vehicle and remember that the engine should not be left running in deep snow, as there is a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Use your mobile phone if you need to access the emergency services for help.

Inspector Jason Keates, Traffic Management and Road Safety Inspector for the county, said: “At this time of year the weather can create poor driving conditions, including icy roads, fog and possibly snow.

“It is always worth considering the road conditions before you set out on a journey in winter and, if the roads are particularly bad, you should consider whether your journey is really necessary.

“The highways authorities will take appropriate measures to keep roads treated and we will attend and assist people who get into serious difficulties, but it is important that we all do our bit to look after ourselves and our own safety.”


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