Police issue weather warning

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TAYSIDE Police are appealing to anyone who is driving during the course of today (Wednesday) and overnight to be prepared for what could be challenging weather conditions.

Police are warning that before setting off on any journey in wintry conditions, however long or short, drivers should ensure that windscreens and windows are clear of ice and snow, as well as roofs, bonnets and boots.

They say allow plenty of time for your journey, reduce your speed and drive according to the conditions.

This includes keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front and using dipped headlights where appropriate.

Tayside Police offer drivers the following information and advice:

Increase the gap between your vehicle and the one in front as it can take up to 10 times longer to stop.

Reduce your speed and allow more time to slow down. Stop by decelerating earlier, rather than rely on braking alone.

Drive with care even if you think the roads have been treated.

Use dipped headlights so you can see and be seen and if visibility is extremely poor (less than 100 metres visibility) then use fog lights, but switch them off whenever conditions improve or they will cause undue dazzle, which is an offence.

Take care on flooded roads. The deepest water is usually nearest the kerb, select first gear and move forward immediately to avoid stalling the engine, while maintaining high engine revs. Test your brakes after passing through the water.

On flood affected roads, if you vehicle loses grip, or aquaplanes, take your foot off the accelerator to slow down.

MotoristsĀ are also advised to make use of traffic information websites such asĀ www.trafficscotland.org