DRIVERS are reminded to take extra care as winter approaches with more hazardous weather conditions.

Superintendent Paul Beauchamp said: "Road surfaces are more likely to be wet which can make them slippery.

“There may also be patches of mist, fog and ice, all of which make driving more dangerous.

“To reduce these risks all drivers need to ensure they’re aware of the current conditions and to reduce their speed to allow for them.”

Motorists are also urged to prepare their vehicles for the winter by checking their tyres, ensure lights are working and screen wash is full.

Drivers are urged to carry a charged mobile phone, warm clothing, a torch, food and drink for any journeys in severe conditions.

As well as taking extra care on the roads motorists are also reminded to ensure their vehicles are secure at all times.

Supt Beauchamp added: "Opportunist thieves will see a cold spell of weather as a perfect opportunity to snatch a vehicle - especially if the driver has left the engine running and the car unattended while it’s defrosting.

"We are urging drivers to remain security conscious and to take steps to reduce the chances of being targeted by thieves."

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