Motorists warned of wintry weather affecting roads across the region

Margaret Whittaker photograph of traffic in the snow on Monday at New Moor House crossroads.
Margaret Whittaker photograph of traffic in the snow on Monday at New Moor House crossroads.

Police are advising motorists to take care and allow extra time for their journeys with wintry weather affecting conditions.

Motorists are advised to be aware of icy patches and snow, particularly on minor and untreated roads. Drivers should moderate their speed, maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front and be alert for pedestrians walking on roads when footpaths are too icy to use.

Chief Inspector John Heckels said: “Before setting off for home, clear snow and ice from windows and headlights. It’s better to spend a few extra minutes making sure your windscreen is clear than risk an accident by only clearing a small area.

“Drivers should moderate their speed to match the conditions and should be aware, even on gritted roads, of the possibility of ice or black ice.

“Be aware that stopping distances are longer on wet or icy roads and drivers should maintain a safe distance from other road users.

“Motorists also need to keep a look out for pedestrians who may be walking on the road to avoid icy pavements.”

If you have been affected by the weather or know of roads and areas of the county that are in a bad condition let us know by emailing us or contact us on Facebook or Twitter.