Drivers urged to take care as temperatures drop

ROAD safety officers have urged drivers to take care as temperatures continue to plummet.

Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership has issued advice to motorists as high winds and sub zero temperatures are forecast for the area.

The partnership says drivers should have checked their tyres, coolant and washer levels and the general condition of their car by now - and urged anyone who hasn’t already done so to carry out the checks now.

Communications manager John Siddle said: “My advice is to be prepared for the very worst case should it all go wrong. Make sure you plan your route and you have a road map as a back up to your SatNav.

“Get a travel update before you set off and listen to the travel and weather news as you go.

“If the weather is bad and the forecast is for it to get worse – do you need to travel at all?

“If you do need to travel and your car has been prepared for winter driving and you have your emergency kit, please ensure your windscreen is clean, the other windows are free from snow and ice and properly demisted.

“Clear snow off the roof, bonnet and boot of the car. Even at slow speed ice and snow can slip over your windscreen and obscure your view and present a hazard for other road users.

“Slow down and give yourself extra time for your journey. Your stopping distance is multiplied by 10 in snow and ice.”

The partnership advises that motorists keep the following items in their cars at all times:

First aid kit, orch and spare batteries, warm clothes and a blanket, (perhaps a sleeping bag), boots, food and a warm drink in a thermos. some bottled water, reflective warning sign, ice scraper and de-icer, shovel, jump leads, sunglasses for the glare from the snow, fully charged mobile phone and charging lead.

They’ve also issued the following driving tips:

*Look out for changes in road surface – some surfaces are less resistant to ice forming

*Isolated roads may not be gritted. If the road has been gritted, don’t assume it has worked – grit doesn’t work at below - 8degrees and doesn’t work at all on snow.

*Use your gears and engine braking to slow down. If you have to use your brakes, do so in a straight line before entering a corner

*Before setting off it is worth checking travel updates to make sure there are no problems on your route