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Police Warning to Motorists this Winter

Icy Road

8:33am 9th December 2013

Dorset Police is urging drivers to be safe this winter as part of the Force's Countdown to Christmas campaign.

As the weather gets colder and wetter this winter, the driving conditions are expected to get more and more dangerous.

Dorset Police's Traffic Unit are reminding people to be extra careful on the roads, and although it may seem obvious to the well-seasoned driver, they're telling us to ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually if the roads get slippery.

Their also warning drivers about tailgating and want people to stay well back from other motorists, saying stopping distances double in wet weather.

Inspector Matt Butler, of the Dorset Police Traffic Unit, said:

 "You should keep well back from the vehicle in front. This will increase your ability to see and plan ahead."

"Check the local weather forecast for warnings of snowy weather. 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 clearly visible and legible.

"Check your planned route is clear of delays and that no further snowfalls or severe weather is predicted.

"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 over relatively short distances.

"Listen to travel bulletins and take note of variable message signs that may provide information about weather, road and traffic conditions ahead."

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