Police are warning motorists to drive with care in the current wintery conditions.
Police would always advise motorists of the following when driving in such conditions -
• Slow down and leave plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you
• Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock, ease off the brakes
• Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists and always clear all ice and snow off the car windows before setting out
• Drive slowly on snow in the highest gear possible.
• Never overtake snowploughs or gritting lorries. The drivers have limited visibility, and you’re likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind
• Do not assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.
Police would also advise for anyone unlucky enough to get stuck in snow:
Do not spin your wheels. This will only dig you in deeper. Turn your wheels from side to side a few times to push snow out of the way.
Use a light touch on the accelerator to ease your car out.
Use a shovel to clear snow away from the wheels and the underside of the car.
Pour sand, gravel or salt in the path of the wheels – or even your foot mats - to help get traction.
If you must leave your car, arrange to have it recovered as soon as possible. If you think it is in a place that may pose a danger to other road users, call the police to let them know.