Drivers warned to watch out for winter weather

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MOTORISTS are being urged by Northumbria Police to be prepared for the challenges of winter weather.

As the weather gets colder and driving conditions get more tricky, the force is urging drivers to plan ahead.

Winter is the season requiring the most care and preparation if you are to stay safe and avoid a breakdown.

Temporary Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt said: “It’s getting colder and darker, so it’s sensible to make sure your vehicle is in good condition and you’re prepared in case of bad weather.

“That means checking your oil, water and tyres and keep your screenwash topped up with some anti-freeze.

“It’s also a good idea to keep items in your car such as a blanket, wellies, a shovel and a torch in case you break down.”

More information on winter driving can be found on the Northumbria Police website’s new Roads Policing section.

It provides safety advice and explains what the force does to minimise casualties on the region’s roads.

The web pages also feature images of actual collisions — the aim of this is to make people stop and think about the potential consequences of not taking care on the roads.

Visit www.northumbria.police.uk/roads for the new section.