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Weather: Advice is issued ahead of plummeting temperatures

17:06 15 January 2013

Snow scene at 1600 hrs

Snow scene at 1600 hrs

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MOTORISTS have been urged to take extra care as temperatures are set to drop to around -6/7 tonight.

Phil Garner, a forecaster with Weatherquest, said the ice and frost would be “potentially treacherous” tonight, adding people should take it very carefully.

Between midnight and 9am this morning Suffolk police took 49 calls about traffic-related incidents, many involving minor collisions or vehicles coming off the roads.

With temperatures set to dip again overnight and the potential for further snowfall police would like to remind drivers to take precautions and ensure your journey is safe.

Motorists are advised to make sure all car lights are working, that dirt, salt and snow is cleared away from light fixtures, that all windows are fully cleared of snow, frost and condensation before setting off on a journey and the top of your car is clear from snow.

People are also asked to keep windscreen washer fluid topped up, to make sure you have sufficient fuel for your journey, a fully-charged mobile phone and to give yourself extra time and drive at a sensible speed, leaving appropriate distances between yourself and other road users.

If you get stuck in the snow police say stay with your car, but in an emergency if you do need to leave it, park it out of main traffic routes where it will not cause an obstruction when conditions ease and leave a contact number on the inside of the windscreen.

2 comments

  • I have to agree with "the opinion man". "Accidents" don't just happen - they are caused by human error -if only by going on the roads in unsafe conditions.Roads do not cause "accidents" - people go on them and cause an accident. I have driven on all types of roads and conditions in my 48 yrs of professional driving and yes, I have had a couple of "shunts" - driver error was the cause. In my earlier years, I was lucky enough to have some sessions on a skid pan and learnt not to panic and stamp on the brakes start grabbing the steering wheel. Never forgotten that lesson.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Lets get one thing straight. The weather NEVER causes accidents. Bad drivers who are ill prepared for the road conditions ALWAYS cause accidents.

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    the opinion man

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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