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Advice issued for driving on snow

14:16 14 January 2013

Ducks waddle down a frozen path in Blundeston.


Picture: Nick Butcher

Ducks waddle down a frozen path in Blundeston. Picture: Nick Butcher

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Suffolk Police have issued advice to help drivers stay safe on the county’s road in the snow.

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As temperatures in the county continue to drop and forecasters predict snow this afternoon, officers are advising drivers to take the following precautions:

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

● Always 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 your car as this can fall down and obscure your windscreen while you are driving.

● 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 sensible speed. Leave appropriate distances between yourself and other road users. Accept your journey will take longer and don’t take risks.

● Take a mobile telephone with you 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 main traffic routes, 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 you have.

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