Driving advice from Norfolk police

Sarah HallNorfolk police today urged drivers to only travel if their journey was essential - and warned them to take proper safety precautions if they really have to set out.Sarah Hall

Norfolk police today urged drivers to only travel if their journey was essential - and warned them to take proper safety precautions if they really have to set out.

PC James Waller, from Norfolk Constabulary's driver training unit, said: 'We'd advise people not to drive unless they really have to.

'The main advice, which is in the Highway Code, is to check forecasts and conditions and not drive unless it is essential. If you do venture out then allow more time for your journey.

'You need to take de-icer, an ice scraper, a torch, warm clothing, boots, warm drinks and emergency food.'

PC Waller said people should try to drive in as high a gear as possible, to give the vehicle more traction and warned people to keep a lengthy distance from other cars.

The advice is:

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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.

Also clear snow from the top of the 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 constant speed. 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 the main traffic route, 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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