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Winter weather safety advice for motorists

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With a cold-snap expected to arrive over the next few days, motorists are urged to be prepared when travelling in North Yorkshire.

North Yorkshire Police is advising drivers to take the following safety steps even before getting behind the wheel:

  • Check brakes, lights, wiper blades and oil and washer fluid level
  • Ensure tyres meet legal requirements – and preferably a tread depth of 3mm
  • Carry water and de-icer in the car with you
  • If you are going on a longer journey, bring food, hot drinks, blankets and a fully-charged mobile phone
  • Always clear your windscreen properly of ice and snow before setting off

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “It’s extremely important to prepare your vehicle for driving in wintry conditions, drive to the conditions you experience and take extra care on the roads.”

For more winter driving advice, include video tips from police driver trainers, visit the North Yorkshire Police website www.northyorkshire.police.uk/winterdriving  

Last modified: January 16, 2019