Drivers Warned To Take Care As More Snow Expected

PUBLISHED: 08:01 30 November 2010

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Up-to-date information on road conditions on England's motorways and trunk roads is available on the Agency website at www.highways.gov.uk/traffic or by calling 0300 123 5000.

THE Highways Agency is issuing advice to drivers in the South East, East, and London. Drivers in the South East, East and London are being advised to check the weather forecast and road conditions before they travel as prolonged snow showers are expected.

The Highways Agency, which operates and maintains motorways and major A roads in England, is working closely with the Met Office to monitor weather conditions and maintain safe roads and reliable journeys.

The Met Office is warning of heavy snow showers across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Kent, and possibly into East Sussex, this evening, with snow showers expected more widely overnight across the South East, East and London regions.

Drivers are advised that the wintry showers could be affecting their journeys as they travel this evening.

Drivers should plan their journeys before they set out, checking the forecast and road conditions; to leave extra time for their journeys if travel conditions are poor, and to delay their journey if the weather becomes severe.

Road users are also advised to be prepared with warm clothing and an emergency pack, which includes food and water, boots, de-icer, a torch, and a shovel in case of snow.

It can take ten times longer to stop when it is icy, so allow more room to slow down and stop. Avoid losing control of your vehicle because of wheel spin, by using the highest gear possible. Avoid sudden braking, acceleration and sharp turns.

Listen to travel news on your car radio or tune into the Highways Agency’s Traffic Radio, which is available on DAB Digital Radio or online at www.trafficradio.org.uk.

Up-to-date information on road conditions on England’s motorways and trunk roads is available on the Agency website at www.highways.gov.uk/traffic or by calling 0300 123 5000. For information on weather conditions, visit the Met Office website www.metoffice.gov.uk or listen to local radio.

The Highways Agency’s winter fleet will be out treating motorways and major ‘A’ roads. Drivers should take care around spreading vehicles and vehicles clearing snow and only overtake if they can do so safely, without driving on any un-cleared snow. These vehicles are performing essential work to help keep roads open and may be traveling at low speed.

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