Snow: ‘Do not travel’ advice issued by police as they deal with stranded vehicles in parts of North Yorkshire
The police and the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service say they are having to help a number of drivers who have become stranded in snow.
Although there has been very little in York and Selby, the higher ground in the county has been seeing more significant amounts.
Tonight (Thursday) police issued advice not to travel.
They said on Twitter: “We are receiving reports of stranded vehicles and horrendous driving conditions due to snow – especially in Harrogate, Scarborough and Sutton Bank.”
An amber weather alert is in force west of the A1 and the rest of North Yorkshire is covered by a yellow alert.
The A66 from Scotch Corner to Penrith is closed which has led to a lot of traffic diverting via the A59 between the A1 and the M6.
Those who will need to travel should consider the following says the Fire Service.
Before you travel
- Allow extra time for your journey
- Check ahead for any road closures or delays – the Traffic England website is an excellent way to do this
- Pack warm clothing and, if you have one, a sleeping bag and torch, in case you become stranded. A flask with a hot drink, some water and snack are also a good idea.
- Keep your phone charged and carry a fully charged batter pack
- Ensure you fully remove any snow or ice from your vehicle
- Check your wipers and switch off any auto wiper control before turning on the ignition
- Check your tyres for adequate tread – poor tyres will not grip when driving on snow and ice
- Wear comfortable, dry and suitable footwear – be prepared for leaving the vehicle quickly
- Pack sunglasses as these can reduce the glare of low winter sun on the snow
- We also recommend downloading the What3Words location app
- Accelerate gently, use low revs and change up to a higher gear as quickly as possibly
- Move off in second gear as this will help reduce wheel slip
- Maintain a safe stopping distance from the vehicle in front, leaving as much as 10 times the normal recommended gap
- If travelling uphill, use a l
- ow gear and avoid braking unless necessary, make sure you leave plenty of room between you and the car in front
- When approaching a bend, break before you start to turn the steering wheel. If your car does lose grip try to stay calm, take your foot off the accelerator and make sure your wheels are pointing in the direction you want to go in
- If you do skid, steer gently into it – keep your hands on the steering wheel and do not stamp your foot on the brake
- When driving in heavy snow, make sure you use your dipped headlights. Don’t rely on daytime running lights as they do not always put your rear lights on
- If visibility drops below 100m, use your fog lights – but remember to turn them off when the visibility improves
- If the road has not been gritted, take extra care when driving in the wheel-tracks of other vehicles as compressed snow is likely to be my icy than fresh snow
- Those who live or work in areas which are prone to high snowfall may benefit from purchasing winter tyres, snow chains or snow socks