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The Met Office has issued yellow weather warning for snow and ice words much of mainland England and Scotland as temperatures drop below freezing, A weather warning for ice is also in place covering the whole of Northern Ireland as drivers are urged to take care in the slippery conditions.
Only parts of South West England including London, Portsmouth and Berkshire have not woken up to the strict warnings.
The Met Office warns some roads and railways are likely to be affected by the warnings with longer journey times expected.
They warn there will be some patches of ice on many untreated roads and pavements which could cause havoc for motorists.
RAC Patrol of the year Ben Aldous said it was “vital” motorists who use their cars in the freezing temperatures made sure they were equipped.
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He warned frost and ice were the “enemies of drivers” as he urged motorists to adapt their driving style to the freezing conditions.
Mr Aldous said: “It’s vital that those that need to use their cars for essential trips in the national lockdown ensure they’re equipped for the big freeze over the next few days.
“Fog, ice and in some places snow are the enemies of drivers.
“In order to avoid falling foul of the conditions, it’s important for motorists to adjust their driving style to suit the conditions.
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“Being gentler on the throttle and brakes, and slowing down particularly on rural or ungritted routes can help ensure a safe and trouble-free journey.
“But before setting out drivers should check their tyres have plenty of tread and are properly inflated to ensure they have the best grip possible.”
The RAC has previously warned drivers should increase their braking distances in winter weather by up to 10 times the normal recommendation.
Drivers are also urged to pack a mobile phone, bottle of water snacks and a warm blanket before setting off on a journey in case of severe delays.
However, the RAC said drivers should first consider whether their journey is really necessary or whether it can be delayed until conditions improve.
Mr Aldous has also warned of the importance of clearing a car windscreen before a journey.
Drivers can be fined £60 for failing to clear their entire car windscreen as this could be restricting road vision.
Motorists should ensure their entire windscreen is clear of frost cover before setting off on their journey.
Only clearing a section of the windscreen, also known as ‘portholing’ may be quicker but could hide some vial road hazards.
Motorists are likely to invalidate their car insurance cover if they are involved in an accident when their windscreen was not fully clear.
This would be considered an at-fault claim as it would be considered negligence to drive without clear road vision.
Mr Aldous added: “Windscreens should be completely cleared of ice and snow before moving off so visibility isn’t impaired.
“Drivers who start out peering through a misted up or poorly cleared windscreen are putting lives at risk.”
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