The UK are experiencing harsh and freezing weather conditions, as Storm Emma and the Beast from the East collide. Temperatures have plummeted below zero, with strong winds and snow causing road closures, power outages and people left stranded.
According to news reporters and Midlands News, weather warning alerts have triggered and drivers have been urged not to travel unless essential.
What are weather warning alerts?
Weather warning alerts are broken down into three colours:
A yellow warning signal alerts you when severe weather conditions could strike. The MET Office (the UK’s National Weather Service), recommends you keep up to date with the latest weather forecast, plan ahead and research possible travel delays and road disruptions.
An Amber warning signal which has recently been raised in the UK, suggests there is a high risk of severe weather conditions expected. To date, there have been gusts of strong winds, snow and cold temperatures affecting driveability as well as travel delays, rail closures, interruption to power supplies and the potential danger to life and property. The MET Office encourages you to prepare for the foreseeable weather change in order to enhance safety of yourself, family and the community.
A Red warning signal which has also been alarmed in parts of the UK, means there is severe weather conditions approaching. According to the Telegraph News, armed forces have been called in as death toll rises to 10 in coldest spring day on record. The MET Office advices you to avoid affected areas and follow the advice of the emergency service and local authorities.
Driving safely in severe weather conditions
Although encouraged not to drive unless it is necessary, it is paramount to take extra caution to drive safely. Before driving in severe weather, ensure your windscreen, mirrors and sun roof is clear to improve visibility of the road. A wind screen wiper and de-icer solution removes excess ice, snow and debris from your vehicle. It is also important to check your; brakes, fluid levels, lights, tyre pressure and tyre tread depth. Delayed journeys due to severe weather conditions can increase fuel consumption which is why it is essential to top up.
Emergency services are insisting you plan ahead this includes keeping up to date with the news and researching alternative routes. Combined with thinking and braking distance, your stopping distance is expected to be 10 times greater than normal in severe weather conditions. Your speed should be reduced when weather conditions cause wet and icy road surfaces or obstructions. Temperatures are dropping and in case you break down it may be an idea to pack a blanket, extra clothing and non perishable foods.
If you would like further advice on driving safely in severe weather conditions, contact your local Eurofit Autocentres who will be more than happy to assist.