Police warning over icy road conditions

Drivers are being reminded to stay safe on the roads as the weather becomes colder.

Wednesday, 5th December 2012, 10:27 am

Icy and snowy conditions were seen across Sussex today (Wednesday December 5) and Sussex Police are encouraging drivers to think about adapting their driving to meet the weather conditions of the road and give more time for a slower journey.

Inspector Phil Duffy from the Road Policing Unit said: “Make sure you have enough fuel for your journey and extra in case you get stuck, check your fluid levels, electrical functions such as lights, indicators, battery and that your tyres are in a good condition with plenty of tread. Screen wash should also be kept topped up as road spray quickly reduces your visibility.

“Please ensure that your mobile phone has sufficient charge and you are well prepared, taking food and warm drinks and clothing during long journeys.

“Before setting off drivers should make sure that mirrors and all windows and lights are clear from ice, frost or condensation. On dark, cold mornings it is all too easy to jump in your car and drive off, but it is important that you have a good view of the road all around you from the start.

“Remember stopping distances increase considerably and keep your speed appropriate to the conditions. The best advice for slippery conditions is to keep things smooth and avoid sudden turning, braking or acceleration.”