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Sub-zero forecasts bring safety warning for drivers

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: December 08, 2012

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MOTORISTS are being warned to take extra care on the roads as temperatures are forecast to plummet even further.

The freezing weather is expected to continue over the weekend and into next week.

Paul Gilliver, an amateur forecaster from Newhall Weather Station, said he had recorded the coldest day of the month on Thursday, with temperature readings of minus 5.3C.

He said it was very likely the area would experience similar temperatures, if not even colder ones, next week.

Mr Gilliver told the Mail: “The cold weather is set to remain now. Temperatures will keep going below zero, so we will see more frosts and icy mornings.

“My weather station has been expecting snow for the last two weeks but it keeps turning into rain. Things can suddenly change with the weather and it all depends on other conditions such as the wind. I predict we will experience freezing weather again next week, like we had on Thursday.”

In the wake of the forecasts, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning people about the dangers of icy conditions.

Prevention manager Rebecca Gill said when roads were icy it was ‘really important’ for drivers to take their time and take extra care.

She added: “People should keep a safe distance away from the car in front of them, and if conditions are treacherous, it may be worth considering whether the journey is vital.

“Make sure vehicles are free from snow and ice and the windows are free from condensation before setting off and that you have adequate equipment available, such as a scraper and de-icer.

“Excessive speeds are in general a contributing factor in the majority of road traffic collisions, so it is essential that people re-evaluate the speeds they drive at when roads are icy.

“We would also encourage vehicle owners to carry out winter checks on their cars, or ask a professional to do this for you. This includes checking the lights are clean and working as they should, checking the windscreen wiper blades and ensuring the washer bottle is filled with screenwash, checking the brakes are working well and tyres are adequately inflated and at an appropriate tread depth.”

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