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Fire Service advice for those driving in the snow

Bright sunshine and ice are a deadly combination for drivers.

Now Cheshire firefighters are urging motorists to take even more care in the wintry weather.

It follows two collisions in the Macclesfield area.

Here are a few checks that you can do, to make sure your car is ready for winter:

  • Keep the lights, windows and mirrors clean and free from ice and snow
  • Make sure wipers and lights are in good working order
  • Add anti-freeze to the radiator and winter additive to the windscreen washer bottles
  • Check that tyres have plenty of tread depth and are maintained at the correct pressure
  • Pack a snow/ice scraper, de-icer, snow shovel, hat, gloves, boots, a torch, bottle of water and a first aid kit. For longer journeys, you should take blankets, a snack and a flask of warm drink.
  • Wash the car frequently to get rid of the salt and dirt that builds up over the winter.
  • Always keep a full tank of fuel - you never know when you might get delayed.
  • Don't use water to defrost the windows.
Snowy driving conditions can be treacherous. Credit: Press Association.

Driving tips during bad weather:

  • Slowing down
  • Keeping a greater distance between yourself and the vehicle in front - increase the 2 second rule to 4 seconds or even more
  • Setting aside extra time to complete your journey
  • Keep your mobile fully charged.
  • On colder days be particularly careful on tree lined roads - the trees prevent the sun's warmth from reaching the road, which may still be icy when all around has thawed.
Take care when driving in snowy and icy conditions.

Your pictures: The first flurries of snow for 2015

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A frosty morning in Accrington, from viewer Alex Chall.


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Air ambulance carried man's body to nearby hospital

The body of the man who died last night was found in Shay Lane, Brierfield, by a farmer shortly after lunchtime today.

Officers attended the scene and the air ambulance was called to take the body to the Royal

Blackburn Hospital as the area was too difficult to access for vehicles because of the snow.

Police said the man has been identified and his family have been informed.

A post mortem examination will take place to establish the cause of death.

An investigation is under way to establish exactly what has happened although we do not believe that there are any suspicious circumstances.

Early indications suggest that it appears to be a very tragic incident where a young man has been out with friends and has become caught up in the weather last night on his journey home.

The snow and ice has been severe in the area with many roads not passable.

I would urge people to take precautions and only go out if it is necessary and if you do go out then make sure friends and family know where you are and that you have suitable clothing on and your phone with you.

Understandably this is a very difficult time for the man's family and we have specially trained officers offering them support. Our thoughts are very much with them at this very sad time.

– Chief Inspector Derry Crorken of Lancashire Police
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Burnley man 'caught up' in bad weather before death

It is believed the 27-year-old man had been on his way home from a night out with friends last night when he got caught up in the weather, Lancashire Police said.

Early indications suggest that it appears to be a very tragic incident where a young man has been out with friends and has become caught up in the weather last night on his journey home.

– Chief Inspector Derry Crorken, Burnley Police

His was discovered by a farmer in deep snow at around 1:30pm today.

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