Essex Police are advising motorists to stay safe on the county’s roads this week during the poor weather conditions. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for Essex with further snowfall and freezing temperatures predicted up until Friday 2 March 2018.
Advice for driving conditions
The Safer Essex Road Partnership (SERP) has issued the following advice to keep you safe during the difficult conditions
- Plan your journey in advance and make sure the roads you are using are on the salting route (visit www.essex.gov.uk/gritters)
- Check up-to-date information and listen to local and national radio for travel and weather information
- Be aware of pedestrians and cyclists, keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front and drive at appropriate speeds
- Overtaking vehicles in wintry conditions can be extremely dangerous. Be patient and allow extra time for your journey
- If you are in charge of staff at work, have a contingency plan before the bad weather arrives
- Drivers should check their tyre pressures and tread, that their vehicle lights are clean and working, that wiper blades are effective and that your battery is in good condition and fully charged. Clear windows and mirrors of ice or condensation before leaving
- Keep items in your car including warm clothes, ice scraper, de-icer, torcher, phone charger, first aid kit, food and drink, high visibility jacket, shovel and blanket
Contacting the police
During poor conditions, Essex Police control officers deal with an increased number of calls.
- Only call 999 in an emergency
- Call 101 for non-emergencies
- For more advice visit https://saferessexroads.org/