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    HIGHWAYS AGENCY WARN OF TEMPERATURE ‘HIDDEN DANGERS’

    Be prepared to leave your vehicle after breakdown… whatever the weather!

    The Highways Agency (HA) is reminding people of the need to be prepared when they set out on a journey as temperatures continue to fall over the coming days.

    A Met Office cold weather alert has been issued for the entire country. They are predicting temperatures of minus three in London and Birmingham on Friday morning. Everywhere is expected to be sub zero and the temperature will ‘feel like’ minus six or lower in places.

    Jason Glasson of the Highways Agency’s winter team said:

    “Although the forecast suggests you are unlikely to need a snow shovel this week, you should make sure you have plenty of warm clothing for you and your passengers.

    If you break down on the motorway it’s dangerous to stay in your vehicle. It’s particularly important you give yourself extra time to prepare for your journey on a cold morning and don’t drive off until you and your car are ready.”

    HA advice includes:

    • even if it hasn’t rained overnight, a heavy frost can still make roads slippy;
    • watch out for icy conditions under bridges, overhanging trees and exposed roads;
    • allow extra time in the morning to de-ice your car windows – and then clean all of them so you have a good view; and
    • on a cold, clear morning there is a greater risk of being dazzled by low sun through a frosty windscreen. Include sunglasses in your winter driving kit.

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