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Drivers urged to stay safe as wintry weather sets in across West Yorkshire

It has been a cold start this morning(8 December) for residents of West Yorkshire and according to weather forecasts the cold snap is set to continue over the weekend.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) would like to urge people only to travel if absolutely necessary and to make sure you are prepared for the wintry conditions if you do need to go out on the road.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Dave Walton said: “Snow and ice can make for treacherous driving conditions and people are more at risk of an accident.

“Make sure your vehicle is winter ready by checking tyre pressure, oil, coolant and water washer bottle levels, or better still let an expert do it and get your vehicle booked in for that winter service.”

Get your scraper and de-icer at the ready and follow our tips for staying safe on the road this winter:


Before you set off

  • You MUST be able to see, so clear all snow and ice from all your windows
  • Check your route before you travel
  • Make sure you’ve got enough fuel
  • Check the fluid levels in your vehicle
  • Check that tyres have plenty of tread depth and are maintained at the correct pressure
  • Don’t use boiling water to defrost the windows
  • Keep your mobile fully charged.
  • Set aside extra time to complete your journey
  • Is your journey really necessary? If you have to make the journey, go prepared with an emergency kit and warm clothing. Check the weather forecast before you travel.


Driving tips

You can keep yourself and others safe, by:

  • Take it slow – in snow and ice stopping distance can be 10 times greater.
  • On colder days be particularly careful on tree lined roads – the trees prevent the sun’s warmth from reaching the road, which may still be icy when all around has thawed.
  • Use the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin
  • Drive slowly, allowing extra room to slow down and stop
  • Manoeuvre gently, avoiding harsh braking and acceleration
  • To brake on ice or snow without locking your wheels, get into a low gear earlier than normal, allow your speed to fall and use the brake pedal gently
  • If you start to skid, ease off the accelerator but do not brake suddenly
  • Take extra care on untreated roads. Black ice is impossible to see and can cause serious injuries