Take a few minutes to pack an ‘Emergency Kit’

With temperatures due to plummet even further and snow forecast over the weekend, it is even more important for motorists to be prepared to deal with the challenges of travelling in bad weather conditions. The Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia is advising motorists to take a few moments to pack an ‘Emergency Kit’ in their car in case of roadside breakdown or delay.

The kit should include items such as an ice-scraper, torch, warm clothes and a blanket, a pair of boots, a first aid kit, battery jump leads, a shovel for snow, food and drink and sunglasses to help see in low winter sun. Motorists are also advised to make sure their mobile phone is fully charged before heading off on a journey.

Katy Jenkins at the Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia says: “It is worth taking a few minutes to put a few items in your car that may be essential if you break down or experience a delay due to snowy or icy conditions. You may not need to use them but if you’ll be glad you packed them if you do.”

Driving on icy roads is also challenging for drivers as stopping times and distances are greatly increased. The Partnership is advising motorists to drive carefully and according to road conditions. 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.

Katy Jenkins adds: “Widespread icy roads and snow will make driving conditions hazardous over the weekend. Our advice if travelling is to check local weather forecasts and road conditions before setting off and make sure you pack some emergency provisions in case of delay or break down. Ensure all ice and snow is removed from windows, mirrors and lights so you have good visibility and drive carefully and smoothly, avoiding harsh accelerating and braking.”

3rd February, 2012