Drifting snow affects Tayside roads

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Tayside Police advise motorists to take care, drive according to the conditions and check for up-to-date travel information following a number of road closures across Tayside due to drifting snow.

In Angus, motorists are advised to avoid the Wellbank and Craichie areas, following high winds and drifting snow which have made roads impassable. Road closures are in place on the B9128 Forfar to Arbroath Road, B978 Kellas to Kirbuddo Road and all unclassified roads within the area. They will be closed for some time, as high winds and drifting snow continue to affect these roads.

Perthshire road closures include, A93 Spittal of Glenshee, and the unclassified Knapp to Abernyte road, Woodside to Abernyte road and Abernethy to Strathmiglo road.

Tayside Police offer the following advice for winter driving:-

Check all lights to ensure that they are clean and in good working order and use dipped headlights instead of sidelights. This ensures good visibility to the front of the vehicle and makes your vehicle visible to other road users. Washer bottles should be kept topped up with screen wash, and wiper blades kept in good condition.

Don’t drive away until windows have been properly cleared of ice and mist. It is not safe to drive a vehicle when you cannot clearly see ahead and to the sides. Where necessary clear windscreens and windows of ice and snow, as well as roofs, bonnets and boots.

Good tyres are even more essential in wintry conditions. Check your tyres for defects such as bulges, cuts or tears. These defects will weaken the tyre and make it unsafe.

Driving too close to the vehicle in front in such conditions is particularly dangerous, on a wet or icy road surface.

It is important that drivers pay attention to the weather and road conditions when driving and drive accordingly. If the road is wet, snow covered or visibility is reduced then drivers need to slow down. This gives the driver more time to identify a hazard and thereafter more time to deal with any situation safely.

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

Tayside Police offers drivers the following information and advice:-

Increase the gap between your vehicle and the one in front.

On slippery roads 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.

Use dipped headlights so you can see and be seen.

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.

People are also advised to make use of traffic information websites such as www.trafficscotland.org

There are also regular updates on AA Roadwatch.

Further Information on the kind of disruption that might be experienced is available at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/guide/weather/severe-weather-advice.

The full Alerts, with maps of the area affected, can be viewed on hazard manager or on website http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/.

People should also be aware of local television and radio bulletins for updates on the latest weather and travel information. Details on any council and trunk road closures can be found at http://trafficscotland.org.

Local authority websites carry further useful information in relation to various services and people should also log on to the Safer Scotland Ready For Winter? website on www.readyscotland.org for more valuable information.