Care urged in wet weather

Tayside Police is urging drivers to take the utmost care on the roads as heavy rains and gale force winds sweep across the territory during today.

Clearly, with heavy rainfall comes the likelihood of surface water and localised on the roads network in Perth and Kinross, Dundee and Angus.

Tayside Police advise drivers to reduce their speed and drive with the utmost care as heavy and persistent rainfall is set to continue across the region through today leading to surface water that will make driving conditions more difficult. Drivers should slow down approaching standing water to avoid risks of aqua planing. They should also give consideration to any pedestrians nearby.

Anyone who is travelling should allow plenty of time for their journey, reduce their 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 would advise people to make use of traffic information websites such as www.trafficscotland.org or Twitter@trafficscotland.

For weather and traffic information, members of the public should refer to TV, radio and websites, as well the Met Office alert area on its website http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/

The Scottish Government’s ‘Ready for Winter?’ campaign, in partnership with the British Red Cross, was launched on October 22, and provides information and advice to individuals and communities on how to prepare and cope with severe weather including snow, ice, flooding and high-winds. The campaign includes a range of online resources including a new smartphone app. For more information please see www.readyscotland.org.

The public can also make use of SEPA’s Floodline. Floodline is Scotland’s 24-hour flooding information service. It provides up to date information on river and coastal flood risk across the country including what Flood Warnings or Alerts are in force.

You can receive these directly to your phone, free of charge, by registering here: http://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodingsignup .

It is also a source of advice and information on flood risk, minimising the effect that flooding can have on your home or business, and what to do before, during and after a flood.