Motorists urged to take on winter weather warning advice

Despite warnings last week of the onset of snow and ice causing challenging road conditions in places, West Mercia Police have still seen a number of road traffic collisions over the weekend that have been attributed to the bad weather. With freezing fog, heavy frosts and icy conditions still forecast over the coming week, the Partnership and West Mercia Police wish to remind people to exercise caution when travelling on affected routes throughout the region.

A number of collisions over the weekend have involved 4x4 vehicles, which raises the issue that even if motorists believe they have a vehicle that will cope with harsher weather; driving on icy roads is still challenging and stopping times and distances are greatly increased compared to those in finer weather no matter what car you are driving. Examples of collisions that have occurred in the bad weather over the weekend include a written off Shogun, a Land Rover Discovery which left the road and ended up on its roof and a Freelander 4x4 which skidded on the road and collided into someone’s house.

Vicki Bristow, Communications Manager for the Partnership says; “Widespread icy roads and freezing fog are still making driving conditions hazardous in some places. Our advice if travelling is to check local weather forecasts and road conditions before setting off and ensure any ice is removed from windows, mirrors and lights so you have good visibility. It is important to drive smoothly and avoid braking sharply and accelerating quickly as this could lead to wheels locking or spinning. Keep well back from the vehicle in front to allow plenty of time to slow down and always look as far ahead as possible to anticipate what other road users might do. Winter drivers need to use their eyes more effectively; drive carefully and smoothly, avoiding harsh accelerating and braking regardless of whether your vehicle is a 4x4 or not.”

9th February, 2012