Drivers urged to take extra care in wintry weather

Police are advising road users to take care and allow extra time for their journeys with wintry weather affecting conditions.

Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians are advised to be aware of icy patches and some snow, particularly on minor and untreated roads.

Drivers should moderate their speed, maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front and be alert for pedestrians walking on roads when footpaths are too icy to use.

Chief Inspector John Heckels said: “Before setting off for home, clear snow and ice from windows and headlights. It’s better to spend a few extra minutes making sure your windscreen is clear than risk an accident by only clearing a small area.

“Drivers should moderate their speed to match the conditions and should be aware, even on gritted roads, of the possibility of ice or black ice.

“Be aware that stopping distances are longer on wet or icy roads and drivers should maintain a safe distance from other road users.

“Motorists also need to keep a look out for pedestrians who may be walking on the road to avoid icy pavements.”