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Weather warnings for drivers

Difficult conditions on the regions' roads predicted Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Met Office is forecasting outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow across the West Midlands this weekend, followed by a rapid drop in temperature, which will lead to a risk of icy and slippery roads.

They have issued a yellow warning for severe weather.

These conditions can change the way your vehicle handles, and stopping times and distances increase.

Tips from the Safer Roads Partnership include:

  • Drive smoothly and avoid braking sharply or accelerating quickly - this could lead to wheel locking or spinning.
  • Look as far ahead as possible to anticipate what other drivers may be planning to do.
  • Black ice is not visible so it is always safer to drive slower than you normally would as a precaution during freezing temperatures.
  • Plan alternative routes in case your main route becomes impassable.
  • Let someone know where you are going and what time you hope to arrive, so that they can raise the alarm if you get into difficulties.
  • Carry an emergency kit in the car in case of breakdown or delay.
Poor driving conditions predicted Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Suggested items for a car emergency kit:

  • Ice scraper
  • Torch
  • Warm clothes
  • Blanket
  • Pair of boots
  • First Aid Kit
  • Snow shovel
  • Food and drink
  • Sunglasses to help see in low sun
  • A charged mobile phone