Motorists warned to take care in wet and windy weather

MOTORISTS have been urged to take extra care and exercise caution when out and about on the region’s roads over the next few days.

The Safer Roads Partnership in Warwickshire and West Mercia is advising motorists to be aware of surface water, spray from other vehicles, potential flooding and disruption to travel.

With strong winds expected across the area, motorists should also be aware that there may be fallen branches, trees and debris on the roads in some areas.

If driving through larger puddles or smaller areas of standing water, drive slowly and steadily, allow oncoming traffic to pass and always test brakes after leaving the water.

Visibility can also be seriously reduced in heavy rain so headlights must be used, together with allowing a bigger gap between you and the car in front to allow for the increased stopping distance.

Anyone unlucky enough to breakdown in heavy rain should try to get the car to a safe and visible place, call for roadside assistance and wait for help to arrive.

Anna Higgins from the Safer Roads Partnership said: “We are urging all motorists to exercise caution in adverse weather conditions, use common sense and follow our simple advice.

"All motorists should adjust their driving in bad weather and it’s even more important to give other drivers plenty of room.

"Strong winds will be affecting all vehicles on the road and heavy rain will increase stopping distances.

Visit the Environment Agency website www.environment-agency.gov.uk or follow them on Twitter @EnvAgencyMids for the latest flood information.

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