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Advice for all drivers in the Snow from Staffordshire Police




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ACTIONS FOR ALL DRIVERS

Your vehicle must be in good working order, this is especially important during winter conditions. However, before setting out:

  • Clear your windscreens, mirrors and lights.
  • Check number plates are clear of snow.
  • Check washer reservoirs are full with winter screen wash.
  • Clean vehicle lights and check they are working correctly.
  • Check tyres are in good condition and correctly inflated.
  • Keep your fuel tank near to full to ensure that you do not run out.
  • Keep your mobile phone fully charged, so you can call for help or alert someone if you're delayed.
  • Ensure you have sufficient warm clothing, footwear and a torch - BE PREPARED.
  • Consider telling a colleague where you are going and what time you hope to arrive, so that they can raise the alarm if you get into difficulties.
  • Plan alternative routes in advance, in case your main choice becomes impassable.

During the journey:

  • Drive at reduced speed.
  • Think ahead, anticipate hazards early, remain two vehicle lengths apart from vehicles in front.
  • Use the busiest lanes of road where traffic has cleared the road surface of ice and snow.
  • Beware of concealed potholes and road debris.
  • Accelerate and brake gently using as high a gear as possible to avoid wheel spin.
  • If the vehicle skids, steer into the skid. Keep feet off the brake and accelerator until the vehicle stops skidding; use as high a gear as possible.

and finally...is the journey really necessary?

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