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WATCH: Ice warning remains after reports of cars skidding on the A30

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 12:50pm 18th January 2018. (Updated at 3:31pm 19th January 2018)

A warning is going out to drivers after that overnight ice alert for Cornwall.

The Met Office is expecting slippery conditions to continue through rush-hour on Friday.

On Thursday night, Inrix Traffic and Travel had reports of cars skidding on the A30 across Bodmin Moor.

A yellow warning will remain in force until 10am, with forecasters predicting ice on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.

The Met Office said: "Icy stretches are expected to form on Thursday night lasting into Friday morning.

"There will probably be some ice on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths leading to some injuries from slips and falls.

"In addition rain, hail, sleet and, over higher ground, snow showers will continue to push across Wales and western England with some small accumulations over the higher ground of Wales.

"These may lead to some difficult driving conditions in places and some longer journey times".

The Chief Forecaster added: "Showers will continue pushing across Wales and western England through Thursday night and into Friday.

"With some cold air in place these will fall as a mixture of rain, sleet and hail at low levels with snow mainly above 150m.

"Surface temperatures will readily fall on Thursday evening leading to icy stretches forming, mainly on untreated surfaces but with continuing showers some wash off is possible".

Scroll down for safety tips on driving in icy conditions, check the latest weather warnings here or watch what that alert means...

 

How to drive on icy roads:

  • Anticipation and smoothness are key for driving on icy roads.
  • Look well ahead for potential hazards – including, of course, patches of ice – and keep your speed well down.
  • Accelerate, brake, steer and change gear as smoothly as possible to reduce the risk of a skid.
  • A higher gear may be more appropriate to aid grip on packed ice.
  • This helps manage engine power delivery, making it easier to find traction. If it’s a manual, you might need to slip the clutch a little to prevent the car from stalling. 
  • Many automatics will let you select second gear at a standstill to pull away in.

How to identify and drive on black ice

Sometimes black ice appears as a glossy sheen on the road. You may see it glinting in the sunlight, or spot cars ahead swerving for no obvious reason.

However, it’s likely you won’t see black ice at all, so be particularly cautious on shaded stretches of road, bridges, flyovers and tunnels – anywhere the surface temperature may be lower, in fact. Quiet roads are also more likely to be affected.

If you hit a patch of black ice, don’t panic. Keep the steering wheel straight and maintain your speed – don’t hit the brakes.

Use the gears to slow down if necessary, but avoid any sudden movements that could destabilise the car.

How to correct a skid on ice

If you do encounter a skid, steer gently into it.

For example, if the rear of the car is sliding to the right, steer to the right. As above, do not take your hands off the steering wheel or brake hard.

You can read more tips and advice from the RAC here or watch how to prepare for winter driving...

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