Two cars skid off road after hitting patch of black ice
Two cars skidded off the road on a patch of black ice at the same spot this morning – prompting advice from police about driving in difficult weather conditions.
Officers were called shortly before 10.45am to reports of two separate single vehicle accidents on Bury Road in Hitcham, near Hadleigh.
Two cars, a Fiat Panda and Volkswagen Polo, both skidded on black ice and one of the vehicles left the road and ended up in a ditch.
No injuries were reported and the road is clear.
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Suffolk police issued the following advice to motorists for driving in bad weather:
• Increase your distance behind other vehicles. Make sure that there is enough room between your car and the vehicle in front to allow you to stop suddenly if you need to.
• Make sure all your car lights are working and you have no failed bulbs.
• Make sure you are aware of what is happening around you. Check your speedometer, rear vision, and side mirrors frequently and look well ahead to try to anticipate problems before they confront you.
• Make sure you have sufficient fuel for your journey. Keep the fuel tank topped up.
• Give yourself extra time for your journey and drive at a constant speed. Accept your journey will take longer and don’t take risks.
• Take a mobile telephone with you and make sure it is fully charged. Carry a mobile charger in the car.
• When visibility is reduced, use dipped headlights. Don’t leave your lights on full beam when approaching or following other motorists. It dazzles other drivers and can cause them to be distracted or even blinded, which is dangerous.
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