MOTORISTS are being urged to take extra care on the roads as temperatures drop this weekend.

The Safer Roads Partnership in Warwickshire and West Mercia has issued the warning after the Met Office forecast outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow across the West Midlands.

Driving in wet and icy conditions can be challenging for drivers as vehicle handling changes and stopping times and distances increase. It is important to drive smoothly and avoid braking sharply and accelerating quickly, as this could lead to wheels locking or spinning.

Anna Higgins, from the Safer Roads Partnership, said: “With sleet, snow and low temperatures forecast over the next few days, roads could get very slippery and motorists will need to exercise caution. It takes much longer for vehicles to slow down on wet, icy or snowy roads. Keep well back from the vehicle in front and allow plenty of time to slow down.”

The partnership is also reminding drivers about the importance of carrying an emergency kit in their cars during the winter months in case of a breakdown or delay. This should include items such as an ice-scraper, torch, warm clothes and a blanket, a pair of boots, a first aid kit, battery jump leads, a shovel for snow, food and drink and sunglasses to help see in low winter sun. Motorists are also advised to make sure their mobile phone is fully charged before heading off on a long journey.