Police warn motorists on winter driving conditions

Dorset Echo: Inspector Matt Butler Inspector Matt Butler

MOTORISTS in Dorset are being urged to take extra precautions when driving this winter.

Dorset Police issued a warning as part of the force’s Countdown to Christmas campaign.

Inspector Matt Butler of the Dorset Police Traffic Unit said: “In wet weather, stopping distances will be at least double those required for braking on dry roads.

“If the steering becomes unresponsive, it means that water is preventing the tyres from gripping the road. Ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually.

“You should keep well back from the vehicle in front. This will increase your ability to see and plan ahead.”

Considerate and responsible driving is especially important in snowy conditions.

Insp Butler added: “Check the local weather forecast for warnings of snowy weather.

“Do not drive in these conditions unless your journey is essential. If it is, take great care and allow more time for your journey.

“Remove all snow and ice from all your windows.

“Check your planned route is clear of delays and that no further snowfalls or severe weather is predicted.

“Avoid overtaking snow ploughs.”

Police will be issuing further information for winter driving via the force Twitter account using #DPXmasCountdown.

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11:28am Tue 10 Dec 13

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

Stating the bl**ding obvious!
If people aren't aware that they should take care then they shouldn't be driving, EVER.
Stating the bl**ding obvious! If people aren't aware that they should take care then they shouldn't be driving, EVER. IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE

5:13pm Tue 10 Dec 13

PossumGoose says...

Thank goodness Mr Plod took the time to enlighten us on all of this – after 40 years of motoring, I’d never of thought of it all . . . Still the police can now tick another “let’s keep the public safe” box on their advent calendar.
Thank goodness Mr Plod took the time to enlighten us on all of this – after 40 years of motoring, I’d never of thought of it all . . . Still the police can now tick another “let’s keep the public safe” box on their advent calendar. PossumGoose

5:21pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Laadeeda says...

In light of the comment above it is obvious driving around when the flakes start falling, people do need to be reminded.

As is the norm. It isn't the people that are aware that need reminding. It's the idiots who drive because they think they are immune!
In light of the comment above it is obvious driving around when the flakes start falling, people do need to be reminded. As is the norm. It isn't the people that are aware that need reminding. It's the idiots who drive because they think they are immune! Laadeeda

3:09pm Wed 18 Dec 13

lauralouise90 says...

Driving in the snow can be horrible. I've took an extra precaution this year and had a Winter Service done (http://shop.atseuro
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21) that way at least I know my air con will actually demist the windscreen!
Driving in the snow can be horrible. I've took an extra precaution this year and had a Winter Service done (http://shop.atseuro master.co.uk/car-pro ducts-services/air-c onditioning/wint-dem ist-ac-recharge/2846 21) that way at least I know my air con will actually demist the windscreen! lauralouise90

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