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Roads warning as bad weather is forecast

Thursday, 15th December 2011.

Suffolk Police are advising motorists to take extra care on the county’s roads this weekend with poor weather conditions predicted over the next few days.

Weather forecasters are predicting high winds, heavy rain and dipping temperatures across the region and those travelling in the county are asked to allow extra time for their journey and to remain vigilant at all times.

Inspector Bruce Gent from the Roads Policing Unit said: “High winds and heavy rain can make driving conditions hazardous with branches and trees across the road and surface water.

"Coupled with this the forecast has indicated that temperatures are going to be dipping which could lead to icy conditions.

“It is inevitable that the cold weather will make driving more hazardous, but there are a few simple precautions that any driver can take.

“Only undertake necessary journeys if it is icy and keep an eye on the weather forecast.

“If you have to go out, take a fully-charged mobile phone and emergency clothing and warm drinks.

“Make sure your vehicle is up to scratch, with well-maintained lights and tyres, and carry de-icer. Importantly, don't drive until the windscreen is free from frost or mist.

“Allow more time for your journey with additional stops en route, as winter driving tends to be more demanding. And if there are poor weather conditions and visibility, remember to slow down and use dipped headlights.”

Further information and advice about driving in adverse conditions can be found by visiting the Suffolk Constabulary website Road Safety Section: http://bit.ly/vOHuk7

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