Severe weather tips issued by motor group

Motorists have been advised on how to best deal with extreme weather conditions over the winter period.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has followed up its Driving in Severe Weather leaflet with a series of tips.

IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger has told people to ensure they are not too close to other drivers, as they may risk crashing if they have to stop suddenly.

"The two second rule – the minimum distance between you and the vehicle in front – is too short for these wintry conditions," he said.

Furthermore, he added that drivers should allow themselves extra time to get to their destination, as the roads may not always be fit for use.

Lastly, Mr Rodger stated that an emergency kit containing food, a mobile phone and a scraper should be packed at all time.

Department for Transport statistics show that 3,150 people died on UK roads last year.

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