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Motorists warned as heavy snow hits UK

18/01/2013

With heavy snowfall across large parts of the UK making for dangerous driving conditions, motorists are being urged to prepare before a journey and to be careful on the roads.

The worst-hit areas have been West England and parts of Wales, though more bad weather is expected to move across more of the country in the coming days.

The Met Office has already put a ‘red weather warning’ in place in some areas. This unusual warning shows just how severe the weather is in some parts of the UK.

Thousands of schools across the country have been closed as a result of the snow, and motorists in south Wales are being told to avoid all but essential travel.

Experts have been urging motorists across the country to be prepared before heading out, even if the local weather is not as severe as elsewhere.

“Even if there's no snow where you're travelling, it's likely to be icy in places,” said Andy Smith, from the AA.

“Keep your speed down, particularly on rural and ungritted side roads, and take extra care when approaching junctions and roundabouts,” he added.

With the snow expected to continue throughout the weekend and into next week, more motorists could find themselves stranded.

“The weather is a fickle thing – it could be rain one minute and then snow the next – so keep tuned to local radio for the weather and travel updates,” said Darron Burness, the AA’s Head of Special Operations.

“If it’s really bad where you are then consider changing your plans and travel later or use alternative means. Even if you only have a short journey, as a bare minimum, take warm clothing, de-icer and a fully-charged mobile.”

If you are considering making a new car purchase in the near future, think about buying a car on finance as an option.

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