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UK motorists face freezing road conditions

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Motorists have been warned to take extra care this weekend as the Met Office has warned that freezing temperatures are approaching the UK.

Over the seasonal period the weather was unusually mild for the time of year and motorists didn’t need to worry about severe weather conditions on the road. However this weekend temperatures are expected to plummet as low as minus 10c including snow, which could cause potential accidents for motorists.

Most of the UK is expected to be affected with Scotland and the East Coast facing the brunt of the cold weather. Motorists are now being urged by experts to take extra care when driving on the roads and prepare for hazardous conditions such as black ice and snow.

Advice is being given to motorists who are planning to drive over the weekend. Amongst the advice is to plan a journey, be aware that stopping distances are 10 times longer in ice and snow and check vehicle tyres. Highways are now working hard to grit main roads to avoid any accidents happening as a result of freezing temperatures.

A spokeswoman for The Highways Agency said: “We have a fleet of 500 state-of-the-art winter vehicles on stand-by, supported by tried and tested winter resilience plans.

“We have reviewed salt stock levels and taken action where needed to enhance our resilience and we have again established a reserve salt stock to help ensure that there is enough salt to deal with severe winter.

“Our roads will be treated whenever there is a risk of ice or snow. However, even when roads have been treated, drivers should still take care, especially on stretches where the local road layout or landscape means there could be a greater risk of ice forming.”

Do you want to be prepared for icy weather? Check out our winter guide that will give you hints and tips about winter weather. Click here to read.

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By Amanda Bainbridge