POLICE have issued a warning to motorists to take extra care as temperatures plunge during the next few days.

The Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia says driving in wet and icy conditions can be particularly challenging for drivers.

The partnership added it is important to drive smoothly and avoid braking sharply and accelerating quickly as this could lead to wheels locking or spinning.

Anna Higgins, communications manager at the Safer Roads Partnership said: "It takes much longer for vehicles to slow down on wet, icy or snowy roads. Keep well back from the vehicle in front and allow plenty of time to slow down.

"Drivers are advised to look as far ahead as possible to anticipate what other road users might be planning to do especially at junctions and roundabouts.

"Braking sharply on a snowy, icy or wet road will only make the situation worse and could cause the brakes to lock and the car to skid."

The partnership is also reminding drivers about the importance of carrying an emergency kit in their cars during the winter months in case of a breakdown or delay.

This should include an ice-scraper, torch, warm clothes and a blanket, a pair of boots, a first aid kit, battery jump leads, a shovel for snow, food and drink and sunglasses to help see in low winter sun.

Motorists are also advised to make sure their mobile phone is fully charged before heading off on a long journey.