Motorists urged to be aware of Winter road conditions

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Police have urged motorists to be aware of road conditions particularly in the mornings when the temperature may have dropped and visibility is particularly poor.

Police have urged motorists to be aware of road conditions particularly in the mornings when the temperature may have dropped and visibility is likely to be poorer than normal.

Police received reports of a number of road traffic collisions across the North-East last Wednesday, 13 January, 2016 and have advised motorists to drive for the conditions.

Inspector Jon Barron, of the Divisional Road Policing Unit, said: “This morning emergency services have responded to a number of collisions.

“While enquiries into the circumstances are ongoing I would like to urge motorists to be aware of road conditions in cold weather.

“Please plan ahead, check the weather forecast and, if you must travel, allow more time for your journey.

“In the mornings, when many of you will be travelling to work for example, I’d recommend that you leave earlier than you routinely would.

“On the way, please drive according to the conditions. Above all else, please slow down, allow more space from the vehicle in front and avoid sudden changes in acceleration and braking.

“If visibility is poor, please use dipped headlamps.

“If the weather has changed, your driving habits need to change.

“Winter driving requires greater care and needs more time.

“Vehicles also need to be checked to see if they are fit for purpose; primarily the tyres, lights, glass areas and the wiper blades and fluids should be checked.”

“Please take care, drive responsibly and always be prepared for the unexpected.”