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.
Suggested items for a car emergency kit:
- Ice scraper
- Warm clothes
- Pair of boots
- First Aid Kit
- Snow shovel
- Food and drink
- Sunglasses to help see in low sun
- A charged mobile phone