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Warning over icy roads

PUBLISHED: 09:22 03 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:39 07 July 2010

Ian Clarke

Police today urged motorists to take extra care on roads because of the black ice laying on the roads.

There have a number of incidents this morning which are being attributed to the icy conditions.

Police today urged motorists to take extra care on roads because of the black ice laying on the roads.

There have a number of incidents this morning which are being attributed to the icy conditions.

Drivers faced hold-ups on Shipdham Road in Toftwood at the junction with Westfield Road after a collision just before 8am.

There were also reports of slow traffic on the A47 between Dereham and Norwich.

Temperatures dipped to as low as minus three this morning.

Police issued the following advice:

*Make sure all your car lights are working and you have no failed bulbs. Ensure that dirt and salt is cleared away from light fixtures.

*Always ensure all windows are fully cleared of frost and condensation before setting off on a journey - it is illegal to drive with obscured vision.

*Keep windscreen washer fluid topped up as windscreens quickly become dirty from traffic spray and salt from the roads.

*Make sure you have sufficient fuel for your journey. Keep the fuel tank topped up.

Give yourself extra time for your journey and drive at a constant speed. Accept your journey will take longer and don't take risks.

*Take a mobile telephone with you and make sure it is fully charged. Carry a mobile charger in the car.

*If you get stuck in the snow stay with your car, but in an emergency if you do need to leave it, park it out of the main traffic route, where it won't cause an obstruction when conditions ease. Leave a contact number on the inside of the windscreen and return to your car at the first opportunity you have.


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