Winter driving advice
Leicestershire Constabulary’s Road Policing Unit advises people to be alert and to drive according to the conditions during winter weather.
Ensure that your vehicle will not block access (abandoned vehicles can obstruct spreaders) and if possible remain in your vehicle unless there is a safety risk.
The British winter is unpredictable and bad weather can strike suddenly so the best advice when severe weather hits is to stay off the road. If you must drive, make sure you are prepared for the conditions.
During the winter months motorists and cyclists have to deal with increased flooding as well as frost, sleet, snow, icy winds, icy roads, fog and the usual frozen locks and non-starts.
Even if you are in a 30mph area it may mean you have to travel more slowly because the weather is bad.
One of the biggest causes of accidents during the winter is not the weather but poor driving. The other reason for unnecessary frustrations and delay is not preparing your vehicle and making sure it is mechanically ready for the rigours of winter.
Before setting off on your journey make sure you have performed the crucial checks on your car, especially if kept outdoors and that the vehicle has been recently serviced by experts and deemed safe to drive.