Highways Agency’s winter service vehicles ‘on standby’

The Highways Agency has announced that its fleet of winter service vehicles are on standby as Britain braces itself for icy weather on its roads.

The Met Office is continuing to forecast low temperatures, with the north and the south-west of England being particularly vulnerable to suffering the types of conditions that make driving hazardous.

It is comforting then that the Highways Agency has detailed, tested plans to keep England’s motorways and major A roads clear from ice and snow.

But Derek Turner, director of traffic operations at the Highways Agency, pointed out that during times of extreme low temperature, salt put on the roads by the agency may not be as effective.

He warned: "When roads are slippery it will take longer to stop – up to ten times longer. So, drop your speed and allow enough time to slow down and stop. I also strongly advise road users to check the latest information on weather and road conditions before starting their journeys."

Written by Stephanie Turncoat

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