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
- Food and warm drinks
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.