Thursday 27th December 2007
Be Wiser Insurance

Motorists in the north-west of England are being urged to take care on icy roads this winter, especially those which are inaccessible to gritters.

Council chiefs in Blackpool warn that rail, hail and snow can seriously reduce visibility and increase stopping distances by up to ten times, the Blackpool Gazette reports.

As a result, there are more accidents during the winter months than at any other time of the year and drivers are being reminded to be aware of the impact wintry conditions can have on their driving, particularly on rural roads.

Councillor Maxine Callow told the newspaper: "Winter is generally a time of year which sees more accidents on the roads. Adjusting your driving to the road conditions can save a life."

She said motorists should carry out extra checks on their vehicles during the winter to make sure they are safe on the roads.

The road safety charity Brake urges drivers travelling in icy conditions to test their tyre tread and pressure, fully clear their windows and mirrors and check weather forecasts before setting off.

Simple checks like these can help keep car insurance premiums low by reducing the risk of accidents.

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