Winter driving advice

Motorists are being warned to make appropriate preparations when travelling in wintery conditions.

MOTORISTS are being warned to take extra care and prepare for bad weather as temperatures continue to drop.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service are urging drivers to be prepared before setting out on journeys.

Drivers are being warned to stay at home unless it is really necessary or delay your journey until conditions improve.

According the Highways Agency even when drivers are aware that severe weather is expected, nearly half of road users do not take proper precautions.

Carry a winter weather kit consisting of a mobile phone, boots, blanket, spade, extra clothing, food and a hot drink.

Ensure you de-mist and de-ice your car fully before setting off and check your car has anti freeze and screen wash.

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When driving on the road drive more slowly and keep your distance from other vehicles.

If you skid, ease off the accelerator and do not brake suddenly and ensure you brake, accelerate and steer gently when driving.

Inform someone at your destination when leaving so emergency services can be alerted if you fail to turn up.

If your car gets stuck don’t run your engine all the time and keep a window open a little for ventilation and raise your feet off the floor to avoid cold spreading through your body.