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Be prepared for challenging weather conditions

TAYSIDE Police appeal to anyone who is driving during the course of today and overnight to be prepared for what could be challenging weather conditions and to take the utmost caution.

Before setting off on any journey in wintry conditions, however long or short, drivers should ensure that windscreens and windows are clear of ice and snow, as well as roofs, bonnets and boots.

Allow plenty of time for your journey, reduce your speed and drive according to the conditions. This includes keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front and using dipped headlights where appropriate.

Tayside Police offer drivers the following information and advice -

-Increase the gap between your vehicle and the one in front.

-On slippery roads it can take up to 10 times longer to stop.

-Reduce your speed and allow more time to slow down. Stop by decelerating earlier, rather than rely on braking alone.

-Drive with care even if you think the roads have been treated.

-Use dipped headlights so you can see and be seen.

-If visibility is extremely poor (less than 100 metres visibility) then use fog lights, but switch them off whenever conditions improve or they will cause undue dazzle, which is an offence.

-Take care on flooded roads. The deepest water is usually nearest the kerb, select first gear and move forward immediately to avoid stalling the engine, while maintaining high engine revs. Test your brakes after passing through the water.

On flood affected roads, if you vehicle loses grip, or aquaplanes, take your foot off the accelerator to slow down.

Motorists are also advised to make use of traffic information websites such as www.trafficscotland.org

There are also regular updates on AA Roadwatch.

Further Information on the kind of disruption that might be experienced is available at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/guide/weather/severe-weather-advice.

The full Alerts, with maps of the area affected, can be viewed on hazard manager or on website http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/.

People should also be aware of local television and radio bulletins for updates on the latest weather and travel information. Details on any council and trunk road closures can be found at http://trafficscotland.org.

Local authority websites carry further useful information in relation to various services and people should also log on to the Safer Scotland Ready For Winter? website on www.readyscotland.org for more valuable information.

 

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