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WATCH: Another ice warning for Cornwall

WATCH: Another ice warning for Cornwall

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:39am 12th February 2018. (Updated at 3:46pm 12th February 2018)

It seems like an ice warning goes out for Cornwall on a daily basis and the moment and the latest will be in force across rush-hour.

The Met Office yellow alert was issued at 5pm on Sunday and will last until 11am on Monday.

Forecasters warn pavements and back roads that have not been gritted could be slippery.

Its website says: "Icy patches are expected to form on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths on Sunday night and Monday morning.

"This is likely to lead to some injuries from slips and falls".

The Chief Forecaster's statement reads: "The cold conditions with a mixture of clear spells and wintry showers will continue through Sunday night and Monday morning.

"This will result in temperatures falling rapidly on Sunday evening and icy patches developing on untreated surfaces, especially where any wintry showers lead to wash off of previous treatment.

"Any heavier snow showers may lead to temporary accumulations of 1cm or less at low levels whilst over higher ground, above approximately 200m.

"As much as 2 to 5cm may accumulate in a few places".

You can check the latest weather warnings here or watch how to prepare...

 

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.

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