The Met Office is forecasting a high risk of heavy snow for the Isle of Wight today Tuesday 30th November.
The Isle of Wight Council’s contractors are on standby to deal with snowy conditions over the coming days. A list of treated routes can be found at www.iwight.com/gritting.
Driving conditions may become difficult and residents are being asked to take extra care and not to make any unnecessary journeys. Information concerning any road and school closures can be found on www.iwight.com. The site will be regularly updated.
Should a significant amount of snow fall, residents are asked to go in, stay in and tune in to local media for updates.
With snow and ice affecting the counties’ roads and the wintery conditions set to continue, Hampshire Constabulary is offering the following practical driving advice to motorists.
- Snow and ice can make driving treacherous, so try and manoeuvre gently and avoid any harsh braking or acceleration.
- Drive in the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin, and allow extra space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front.
- It can take ten times longer to stop in icy conditions than in dry, fine weather, so drive slowly.
- If you do have to brake on snow or ice then get into a lower gear, earlier than normal, allow your speed to fall and use the brake pedal gently.
- If you start to skid then ease off the accelerator, but do not brake suddenly.
- Take a few minutes to prepare your vehicle before you set off on your journey. Make sure you clear all windscreens and windows and drive carefully.
- Always tell someone where you are going, and make sure that you keep essential items in your car in case of a breakdown such as; a blanket, some warm clothing, a hot drink and a torch.
- Winter sun is also extremely bright and dazzling, so always keep a pair of sunglasses in the car and on long journeys ensure you take regular breaks as tiredness can kill.
Check the condition of your vehicle
- You should also ensure that your lights, mirrors and windows are all kept clean and free from snow and ice.
- Keep your battery charged, add anti-freeze to the radiator during winter months and make sure your windscreen wipers are in good working order
- Finally, ensure that your tyres are kept to the correct pressure and check them regularly.
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