Police issue advice to
motorists following snowfall across Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire Constabulary is issuing travel advice as a result
of snow overnight and continuing today (Monday January 14).
With further snowfall expected across the county this afternoon,
motorists are advised to take extra precautions if planning to
drive, be prepared for the journey to take longer than usual and
take extreme care.
Ensure you are wearing sensible and warm clothing and footwear,
and if you are travelling by car, you should be prepared for a
breakdown and carry extra provisions such as a flask of hot drink,
food, blankets and a shovel.
Drivers are reminded that should there be a need to abandon
their vehicle, and it is causing an obstruction or is in a
dangerous position, it may be removed and the owner will have to
pay the removal and storage charges. Abandoned cars have to be
removed before ploughing and additional gritting can take place and
this cannot be done where cars are obstructing the highway.
Drive extremely carefully when the roads are icy. Avoid sudden
actions as these could cause loss of control. You should:
• drive at a slow speed in as high a gear as possible;
accelerate and brake very gently
• drive particularly slowly on bends where loss of control is
more likely. Brake progressively on the straight before you reach a
bend. Having slowed down, steer smoothly round the bend, avoiding
• check your grip on the road surface when there is snow or
ice by choosing a safe place to brake gently. If the steering feels
unresponsive this may indicate ice and your vehicle losing its grip
on the road. When travelling on ice, tyres make virtually no
Drivers are also advised to ensure they have sufficient fuel for
their journey and that their screen wash is topped up to ensure
they can clear the windscreen whilst driving.