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AA warns drivers of icy roads as cars come out of hibernation

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The AA confirmed that conditions on many roads were appalling this morning.

An expected 10m cars will be travelling today as commuters mix with shoppers and holiday makers still visiting family and friends according to polling from the AA Populus panel.

Edmund King, AA president, said: “Yesterday we rescued 36 drivers actually stuck in snow and 23 stuck on ice. This morning the main problem is the dicey icy roads. With sub-zero temperatures overnight much of the snow, slush and rain has turned to ice particularly on untreated rural roads. Drivers need to slow down and keep a distant from the car in front and if possible stick to the busier main roads which tend to be gritted.

“Our AA patrols have been busy this morning particularly with flat batteries as many drivers emerge from their Christmas hibernation when they haven’t used the car and now find it won’t start. Again drivers should prepare their cars by checking windscreen wash fluid, tyre pressures and ensuring they have coats, food and drinks in their vehicles.”

 

AA-Populus research* – Christmas and New Year travel expectations

On which of the following days around Christmas do you expect to use your car for a journey over 20 miles?

 

Date Visiting family/ friends Shopping/ other day trip Travel to/ from work Going/ returning from holiday Total
Thursday 28 December 8% 11% 11% 2% 31%
Friday 29 December 8% 10% 11% 2% 30%
Saturday 30 December 9% 12% 6% 2% 28%
New Year’s Eve/Hogmanay (31 Dec) 11% 6% 4% 1% 23%
New Year’s Day (1 Jan) 9% 4% 3% 2% 18%
Tuesday 2 January 5% 6% 17% 2% 30%

 

AA advice on driving in snow. https://www.theaa.com/driving-advice/seasonal/winter

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Council have plans in place for ‘Beast from the East’

Salting operations are to continue throughout the period; snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.

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Yellow warnings for snow in Crawley have been issued by the Met Office until Wednesday. Photo: MetOffice

Snowfall will be effecting most of the country over the forthcoming week and the Met Office have issued yellow weather warnings for snow as well as amber warnings for some areas.

Following these warnings, West Sussex County Council have said they have plans in place to keep main roads open.

A West Sussex Highways spokesman said:

“Precautionary salting operations will continue throughout the period and snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.

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“We are therefore advising Town and Parish Councils to be prepared to enact their Winter Management Plans IF and when we issue an instruction to do so.”

A further update will be issued later today.

The County Council’s winter campaign website page has several sections giving advice on ‘staying warm’ please click here.

If you know or look after someone who may be susceptible to the effects of this cold weather period, please help ensure they stay warm and well and check in advance that they are prepared for this cold spell.

WSCC have offered some general advice including:

• Stay tuned in to weather forecasts.
• Check and maintain daytime room temperatures of 21°C.
• Check bedroom night-time temperatures and maintain it at 18°C or warmer.
• Keep warm and active and, if you have to go out, dress warmly and wear non-slip shoes.
• If you are concerned about your own health or welfare, or that of others, please alert the emergency services – details: emergency services.

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