Seven essential tips for drivers to stay safe in the snow and ice

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As the promised snow finally falls in the North East, police are warning drivers to take care

Northumbria Police is advising motorists to exercise caution and remember the following advice for driving in wintry conditions:

1) Moderate your speed to match the conditions and try not to brake sharply, use the gears instead to decelerate

2) Maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front - stopping distances are longer on snowy or icy roads

3) Be alert for pedestrians walking on roads when footpaths are too snowy or icy to use

4) Ensure you have adequate visibility by clearing front and back windscreens and all windows/wing mirrors before setting off

5) Keep your windscreen washer bottle topped up, with the addition of winter screen wash

6) Clean your headlights front and rear before driving and use dipped headlights when driving in poor visibility, including heavy rain as well as snow

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