Heavy snow on Friday January 18th could cause misery for thousands of motorists in the UK.
Heavy snow on Friday January 18th could cause misery for thousands of motorists in the UK. As such, the Met Office has issued Severe Weather Warnings for parts of Wales and Western England as these could receive between ten and fifteen centimetres of snow. This could rise to over twenty centimetres on high ground. Forecasters also expect a lesser covering over “most” of the United Kingdom. However, drivers in the far west – which includes the extreme parts of Wales and Northern Ireland – are likely to have rain.Met Office Chief Forecaster, Eddy Carroll, revealed: "The snow is expected to be heaviest through Friday morning, slowly weakening and clearing east during the second half of the day.” Mr Carroll concluded: "Clearly there is the potential for significant disruption to people's plans. We should all keep up to date with the latest weather forecasts, advice from local agencies, and be prepared to change our travel plans if necessary." It is clearly preferable to stay off the roads when they are covered with snow. But for those who cannot stay home The Institute of Advanced Motorists has the following tips: - “Make sure your windows are clear and that you have all-round visibility before you set off. - Take the time to thoroughly clear your roof and windows of snow. - When driving in snow, get your speed right - not too fast that you risk losing control, but not so slow that you risk losing momentum when you need it. - Start gently from a stationary position, avoiding high revs. Stay in a higher gear for better control and, if it is slippery, in a manual car move off in a higher gear rather than automatically using first. - If you find yourself in a skid, the main thing to remember is to take your foot off the pedals and steer - only use the brake if you cannot steer out of trouble. - Double or even triple your normal stopping distance from the vehicle in front so you are not just relying on your brakes to be able to stop. It simply may not happen. - It’s better to think ahead as you drive to keep moving, even if it is at walking pace. - Plan your journey around busier roads as they are more likely to have been gritted. Avoid using short cuts on minor roads – they are less likely to be cleared or treated with salt, especially country lanes and housing areas. Bends are a particular problem in slippery conditions – slow down well before you - get to the bend, so that by the time you turn the steering wheel you have already lost enough speed. - On a downhill slope, get your speed low before you start the descent, and do not let it build up – it is much easier to keep it low than to try and slow down once things get slippery. And if the worst does happen: - Keep track of where you are. If you do have to call for assistance, you need to be able to tell the breakdown or emergency services your location so they can find you. - If you must leave your vehicle to telephone for assistance, find a safe place to stand away from the traffic flow; the next driver could lose control in the same place. - On motorways and dual carriageways it is always better to leave your vehicle and stand a short distance behind and to the safe side of it. Don’t stand in front of it if at all possible. Balancing the risks of a collision and hypothermia is something that depends on your situation.”