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Drive to weather conditions

Tayside Police are urging drivers to drive with caution and to the weather conditions following numerous minor collisions this morning.

With more snow and unsettled weather forecast in the coming days, motorists are advised to increase the gap between their vehicle and the one in front because on slippery roads it can take up to 10 times longer to stop and to reduce speed to 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, avoid standing water if at all possible and to take care on flooded roads.

Motorists are also reminded that the deepest water is usually nearest the kerb so select first gear and move forward immediately to avoid stalling the engine, while maintaining high engine revs and to 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.

If you break down in heavy rain, do not prop the bonnet open while you wait for assistance to arrive. The engine will be more difficult to start again if the electrics are rain-soaked.

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

 

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