CHAOS EXPECTED ON THE ROADS AS THE 'BEAST FROM THE EAST' HITS THE UK
The Met Office has warned of "heavy snow showers" and disruption to travel as temperatures continue to plummet around the country. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com advises drivers how to stay safe as the ‘Beast from the East’ hits the UK. She says:
“Drivers should take heed of weather warnings as the Beast from the East advances across the UK. These aggressively cold conditions can be treacherous with over 2,000 road accidents reported in ice and snow conditions in 2016.*
“Our research suggests half (49%) of the driving population try to avoid driving in such weather, but it’s not always an option. Motorists who are taking to the road should plan their journeys in advance, keeping to major roads where possible, as they are more likely to have been gritted.
“Before heading out drivers should give at least 10 minutes to allow time 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. Using our guide, drivers can educate themselves and avoid fines at a time where motoring costs are increasingly on the up.”
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*Department of Transport statistics (2016)