County council and Northants Police urge drivers to take care in wintry conditions

Driver's are being urged to take care on the county's roads, particularly side roads.
Driver's are being urged to take care on the county's roads, particularly side roads.

The county council and Northants police have urged people to take care on Northamptonshire roads, as the snow continues to fall today (Sunday, January 20).

Pitsford Weather Station has predicted that the county could see up to 5cm of snowfall today, so both the police and the county council have suggested a number of precautions that drivers should take.

Sergeant Kevin O’Keefe, of Northants Police, said that the wintry weather can create some treacherous conditions on the road, so drivers should remain cautious and vigilant at all times.

He added: “All of the major routes and main roads through the county are clear. However, as always in these wintry conditions I suppose the message stays the same.

“People will have to take extra care on the roads, particularly side roads and untreated surfaces. Drivers should drive cautiously and leave plenty of room behind the vehicles in front of them and slow down gently.

“Driving conditions can change quickly with this weather, so people should be prepared for all things and situations. Drivers should ensure they are wearing warm clothing and have a blanket and liquids in the car, in case they break down or get stuck somewhere.

“They should also consider taking something like a flask of hot tea to help them keep warm, and all drivers should ensure their mobiles are fully charged before they set out.”

On its website Northamptonshire County Council has issued a set of precautions which drivers should take on the county’s roads.

The authority has suggested that, if it is necessary to drive, people should take ‘great care’ and allow more time for their journey.

They also suggest drivers should take an emergency kit of de-icer and an ice scraper, torch, warm clothing and boots, first aid kit, jump leads and a shovel, together with a warm drink and emergency food in case you get stuck or your vehicle breaks down.

The council also urges drivers that all windows and lights must be clear of snow and ice before they set out on their journey, to ensure safety.