How to drive safe on the roads in UK storms and snow
Weather delays are set to return to the UK today causing more travel disruption to motorists just days before Storm Dennis is predicted to batter the nation with 50mph winds this weekend.
Storm Ciara caused chaos for road users last weekend with a string of road closures and car damage caused by the 92mph wind surge. The M11 road reopened on Monday afternoon after fears of roof damage at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford caused a section of road to close which caused delays to early morning rush hour traffic.
Heavy winds also saw delays across the QE2 bridge at the Dartford Crossing as heavy rainfall saw some village roads completely submerged.
Met Office chiefs have now issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice across parts of Northern England with warnings some roads could be affected.
The agency has warned motorists they could suffer from longer journey times due to the difficult winter weather conditions.
Met Office is also predicted further disruption to the road network on Saturday as Storm Dennis bring heavy winds to Southern regions and the Midlands.
The agency says there is a small chance some roads and bridges could potentially be forced to close due to high winds.
With severe weather setting in for the rest of the week, road users are urged to prepare themselves and follow some simple tips to stay safe in the dangerous conditions.
How to drive safely in snow
Snowfall is predicted across parts of the UK this week which could potentially cause havoc to vehicles if simple precautions are not taken.
According to All Car Leasing, motorists should make sure their car has had an up-to-date service before tackling snowy weather.
How to drive safely in Storm Dennis
Heavy winds and rainfall can change your vehicle’s dynamics which could become scary for those not used to tackling difficult conditions.
To help prevent accidents, the Met Office has provided motorists with a series of tips on how to tackle the roads safely in stormy weather.
They urge road users to consider delaying a journey or assessing whether it is necessary to travel if heavy rainfall is predicted.
For those that need to venture out in stormy weather, road users are urged to grip the steering wheel firmly to help stabilise their vehicle.
Heavy winds can disrupt a car and could cause your vehicle to move around or slide into other lanes or below road users.
Gripping a steering wheel will help keep your car straight and allowing plenty of space between the car ahead will reduce the risk of suffering incidents through heavy winds.
Experts advise motorists should never drive through floodwater as even a small amount can lead to severe damage.
The Met Office says the number one cause of death during flooding is driving through the deep water so this should not be attempted.
The RAC says motorists should avoid driving near fast-moving or heavy vehicles as these can cause spray to drastically reduce visibility.
They warn fog lights should never be used in stormy weather as these can dazzle fellow road users.
Dipped headlights are perfect for the conditions and will enable other motorists to see you much more clearly on the road ahead.