ADVICE TO DRIVERS AS MINI BEAST FROM THE EAST HITS UK
As Met Office weather warnings remain in place in parts of the UK, snow and ice are set to cause misery for commuters today. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com advises drivers how to stay safe as the ‘mini Beast from the East’ hits the UK. She says:
“Drivers must take heed of snow warnings as the Beast from the East strikes again, leaving some drivers stranded overnight. These aggressively cold conditions can be treacherous. Over 2,000 road accidents were reported in ice and snow in 2016*, and the latest weather disruption will likely be responsible for many more.
“Our research suggests half (49%) of motorists try to avoid driving in such weather, but unfortunately it’s not always an option. If drivers do find they need to head out onto the roads, they should allow at least 10 minutes to de-ice their windscreens - if your windscreen is not cleared correctly, it can land you with up to £60 in fines or points on your licence. Drivers should use our guide to find out how to de-ice their cars properly and how to avoid unnecessary fines.”
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*Department of Transport statistics (2016)