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Winter driving advice as snow is predicted for the Midlands

Cars left covered in snow: Photo: ITV Central

The Midlands is set to be hit by up to 10cm of snow in the next 48 hours as temperatures plummet.

The RAC, which is expecting around 56,000 breakdowns in the next few days, is offering advice to motorists as icy roads and falling snow creates hazardous conditions behind the wheel.

The breakdown service is warning drivers that failing to prepare for wintery roads with essential kit may lead to additional problems if caught out in harsh weather.

Emergency kit to carry:

  • Ice scrapper and de-icer
  • Warm clothing for you and passengers
  • Jump-start cables
  • Shovel
  • Food and warm drinks
  • Torch

Before setting off, ensure you plan your route and check which roads may cause disruption and potential hazards. Also check tyre pressure, screenwash and general wear and tear before setting off on your journey.

Keeping speed down and ensuring a greater breaking distance will minimize the risk of damage and injury.

The Highways Agency is monitoring the winter weather and says that additional resources will be used to help keep Britain’s roads running.

"We will be monitoring and using salt to treat the network as we do routinely at this time of the year. However, snow showers can be highly localised and hard to predict so drivers have a key role to play in checking weather reports and planning fort heir journeys before leaving home.

"We are being told to expect widespread wintery weather on Sunday evening and into Monday morning - so there is a risk that if the weather doesn’t turn out to be quite a snowy as people expect over the weekend, they might be lulled into a false sense of security and be less prepared for the morning rush hour.”

– STEVE CROSTHWAITE, NATIONAL TRAFFIC OPERATIONS CENTRE
Highway Agency's control room Credit: ITV Central

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