AFTER a number of minor road traffic collisions today (February 21) on the M6, police are advising motorists to ‘drive to road conditions’.
Conditions in the area where the accidents occurred at junction 39, Shap, were described as being snowing, and a number of motorists skidded on slippery roads.
The area is now clear and there were no serious injuries.
All motorists are asked to ensure that they drive to road conditions in order to prevent any serious collisions.
Police have offered the following advice:
* Allow extra time and distance to brake as it can take ten times longer to stop in wet or icy conditions
*Adapt your driving behaviour. Keep in mind the decreased visibility and changing road conditions.
*Slow down and avoid sudden or jerky movements.
*When driving on ice or snow use the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin.
*To brake on ice or snow without locking your wheels, get into a low gear earlier than normal, allow your speed to fall and use the brake pedal gently.
*Be wary of satellite navigation systems as they tend to direct you over high rural roads that are likely to be closed or particularly hazardous in winter.
*Do not assume that pedestrians have seen you. They may be elderly, young or not be able to hear you.
*Do not attempt to cross flooded roads if the water seems too deep.
*Drive slowly through water in first gear but keep the engine speed high by slipping the clutch - this will stop you from stalling.
*Test your brakes when you have driven through a flood before you drive again at normal speed.
Keep up to date with the situation on the roads at www.cumbria.police.uk/traffic