Police urging drivers to take extra precautions in renewed warning over road dangers (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Police urging drivers to take extra precautions in renewed warning over road dangers
POLICE are urging drivers to take extra precautions as winter draws in.
The warnings come as part of the force’s Countdown to Christmas campaign, which has so far given advice to Dorset residents to help prevent car crime, burglaries and fraud over the festive season.
Inspector Matt Butler, of the Dorset Police Traffic Unit, has now spoken out with the aim of educating motorists of the road dangers in winter.
He said: “In wet weather, stopping distances will be at least double those required for braking on dry roads.
“If the steering becomes unresponsive, it means that water is preventing the tyres from gripping the road. Ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually.
“You should keep well back from the vehicle in front. This will increase your ability to see and plan ahead.”
He said considerate and responsible driving is especially important in snowy conditions, and urged drivers to be prepapred.
“Check the local weather forecast for warnings of snowy weather,” he said.
“Do not drive in these conditions unless your journey is essential.
“If it is, take great care and allow more time for your journey.
“Remove all snow and ice from all your windows and the rest of your vehicle before setting off on your journey so you have a clear view. “Make sure the mirrors are clear and the windows are de-misted thoroughly.
“Ensure that lights are clean and number plates are visible.
“Check your planned route is clear of delays and that no further snowfalls or severe weather are predicted.”
The inspector also urged drivers to pay attention to travel bulletins.
He said: “When driving in icy or snowy weather, take care when overtaking vehicles spreading salt or other de-icing materials, particularly if you are riding a motorcycle.
“Avoid overtaking snow ploughs as they may throw out snow on either side.
“Be prepared for the road conditions to change.
“Listen to travel bulletins and take note of signs.”
n You can follow the Countdown to Christmas Campaign on Twitter @dorsetpolice, and by following hashtag #DPXmasCountdown For more information and updates on how the winter weather is affecting the Dorset County Council area, visit dorsetf oryou.com/winter
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