Birmingham City Council has urged motorists and businesses in the city to take a few simple steps which will help them ‘be prepared’ for the onset of the snow, ice and cold weather this winter.
As well as urging drivers to consider whether trips are essential before they head out officials are also advising drivers to:
- Consider whether you can walk / cycle / use public transport / car pool / share vehicles with others
- Keep petrol levels up in case you get stuck unexpectedly in traffic
- Avoid travelling at peak times if you can
- Restrict your speed
- Stick to larger roads but be aware you need to drive carefully even where gritting has occurred
- Keep your windscreen and all other windows clean and free from ice and snow
- Keep de-icer in you car. Also keep some in your house for when it is so frosty you can’t get in to your car!
- Keep headlights clean and in working order
- Use dipped headlights in poor weather and dull conditions. Never use foglights unless visibility is seriously reduced
- Take care – pedestrians and cyclists may not be as visible as they think they are
- Listen to local radio stations to check road conditions before venturing out and take heed of the advice given.
- Remember it will take considerably longer to stop in icy conditions so allow plenty of room to slow down and stop. Manoeuvre gently using a high gear avoiding harsh braking and acceleration.
- Remember – it is always better to arrive late than to not arrive at all.
Drivers are also being urged to carry key supplies in their vehicle to help keep them safe and warm in case they get stuck in traffic or breakdown. Key equipment motorists should consider keeping with them include:
- Bottled water
- Long life snacks
- First Aid Kit
- Torch and batteries
- Mobile phone and cigar plug lead
- Useful telephone numbers
- Blankets and warm clothing
- Waterproof clothing and boots
Another important way commuters and shoppers can help reduce pressure on the road network and potential traffic jams in poor weather is to try and stagger journey times away from the usual morning and teatime rush hours.