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Cornwall STILL on ice watch after snow chaos

Cornwall STILL on ice watch after snow chaos

Published by Emma Carton at 7:59am 3rd February 2019.

Cornwall remains on ice watch for the third day running after the snow chaos.

The Met Office yellow weather warning for the slippery stuff will be in force until 11am on Sunday.

It covers an area over Bodmin Moor and the north and east of the county, due to plummeting temperatures.

On Saturday, the UK experiences its coldest night of the year so far, at the appropriately names Chillingham Barns.

The weather sparked a string of crashes across the Duchy on Saturday, after more snow flurries.

The gritters have been back out but drivers are being urged to take extra care on untreated and rural roads.

"Driving in snow, ice and wintry conditions requires extra care and preparation, and you should only drive when absolutely necessary.

"It can take ten times longer to stop in icy conditions than on a dry road so please consider whether you really need to travel and take care if you do have to go out.

He added: "Salting vehicles are extremely powerful and travel at up to 40mph spreading salt across all lanes of motorways and trunk roads.

"Please remain a safe distance behind them and don't attempt to overtake unless it's safe".

Geoff Brown

What is the advice for driving in snow and ice?

The RAC has these tips for driving in icy weather:

  1. In icy conditions, don’t drive unless absolutely necessary.
  2. If you can’t avoid driving when it’s icy out, the first thing you need to do is clear your windscreen of all ice and frost to ensure you can safely see out of the entire window, and aren’t “portholing”, a practice that could see you fined £60.
  3. Remember, in icy conditions tyre grip is greatly reduced, so braking distances are much longer. Leave a much increased gap to the vehicle in front.
  4. You should accelerate, brake, steer and change gear as smoothly as possible to reduce skid risk, while a higher gear may be more appropriate to help find traction on pack ice.
  5. Black ice - a smooth, transparent layer of ice on the road surface - is another hazard on winter roads as it’s not easily visible to drivers, so be extra careful if the road looks ‘wet’ as it could be black ice.

You can read more advice from the RAC here or watch more tips below...

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