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Police advice to motorists

PUBLISHED: 10:41 17 December 2010

POLICE are urging motorists to take extra care when travelling throughout the county today due to the icy conditions.

Officers have so far this morning received 15 reports of road traffic collisions, most of which resulted in minor damage and called to several locations where cars have become stuck.

Road policing officers are keen to remind motorists to make sure windscreens are completely clear of ice and snow.

Several vehicles were seen being driven with only a small area of the windscreen cleared, making driving conditions dangerous by obscuring drivers’ vision.

At 8am police were called to the A143 in Haddiscoe where a vehicle had become stuck in the road as a result of the ice. The driver managed to get the vehicle moving however a second car is in difficulties and police are on scene.

A Ford Focus has been involved in a collision with the central reservation on the A11 Norwich, close to the Wymondham turn-off. Police were called to the scene at about 8.20am and traffic is being stopped by officers while the vehicle recovered.

Police are advising motorists to:

Make sure all your car lights are working and you have no failed bulbs. Ensure dirt, salt and snow is cleared away from light fixtures.

Ensure all windows are fully cleared of snow, frost and condensation before setting off on a journey - it is illegal to drive with obscured vision.

Clear snow from the top of the car as this can fall down and obscure the windscreen.

Keep windscreen washer fluid topped up as windscreens quickly become dirty from traffic spray and salt from the roads.

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 and make sure it is fully charged. Carry a mobile charger in the car.

If you get stuck in the snow stay with your car, but in an emergency if you do need to leave it, park it out of the main traffic rout, where it won’t cause an obstruction when conditions ease. Leave a contact number on the inside of the windscreen and return to your car at the first opportunity.


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