Police urge motorists to 'take extra care' due to severe weather conditions (From St Albans & Harpenden Review)
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Police urge motorists to 'take extra care due' to severe weather conditions
Motorists travelling through Hertfordshire are being advised to take care on the roads today due to the severe weather conditions.
Strong winds and rain are currently affecting the county and drivers are being advised to leave extra time for their journey and to drive according to the road conditions.
Drivers are warned to keep speed down and avoid sudden breaking which could result in the loss of control to your vehicle.
The Highways Agency has issued the following advice:
• Take extra care on the roads and plan your journey by checking the latest weather conditions.
• Be aware that although high-sided vehicles are particularly affected by windy weather, strong winds can also blow other vehicles off course. This can happen on open stretches of road exposed to strong crosswinds, or when passing bridges, high-sided vehicles or gaps in trees.
• When the road is wet it can take twice as long to stop. Slow down and maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front - follow a four-second rule.
• If your vehicle loses grip, or "aquaplanes", on surface water take your foot off the accelerator to slow down. Do not brake or steer suddenly because you have less control of the steering and brakes.
• Try to avoid driving through surface water as you might flood your engine.
• If you have to drive through floods, drive slowly, use a low gear and try to keep the engine revving at a high rate. Move forward continuously to avoid stalling the engine. When driving an automatic vehicle, engage and hold in a low gear.
• Test your brakes after driving through water; they may be ineffective.
• Stay up to date with the local weather conditions by checking the forecast for the area online or on TV/radio.
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