Wearside motorists told to be prepared for winter

A snow-covered car.

A snow-covered car.

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WEARSIDE and County Durham motorists have been urged to make time for winter.

The Highways Agency, which is responsible for England’s motorways and other strategic roads, is urging road users in the North East to ensure they are ready for severe weather.

“The Highways Agency is ready for winter,” said Roads minister Mike Penning.

“But the experience of recent winters is that we must all play our part and be prepared.

“A few very simple steps taken now, such as putting together a severe weather emergency kit for your car, can reduce the risk of being caught out by the weather.”

He added: “Not every journey is essential in severe weather, but if you really must travel in the worst conditions, check your vehicle before you set out, take a severe weather emergency kit, check traffic and weather conditions and always plan your journey.

“For more information and advice I’d urge all drivers to make time for winter and visit the Highways Agency’s website, where there are lots of tips to help keep winter journeys safe and trouble free.”

For detailed information on weather conditions, visit the Met Office website at www.metoffice.gov.uk.