Police urge drivers to take care in snow

REDUCED VISIBILITY ... on John Reid Road in South Shields.
REDUCED VISIBILITY ... on John Reid Road in South Shields.

POLICE are advising road users to take extra care on the region’s roads as they head home tonight in the snow-swept North East.

Northumbria Police says motorists should be alert to the dangers of snow and ice, particularly on untreated minor roads and in reduced visibility.

Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt said: “Officers are out and about across the force area monitoring the situation, and we are working with partners to minimise disruption and keep our communities safe.”

Road users are advised to moderate their speed, maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front, keep windscreens and mirrors clear and be alert for pedestrians walking on roads when footpaths are too snowy or icy to use.

An ice scraper and de-icer should be carried for day to day use, and other useful items to keep in your car in adverse weather conditions include a torch, warm clothes or a blanket, boots, a first aid kit, a shovel, a battery, jump leads and a tow rope.