Snow and cold weather predicted for UK
With temperatures plummeting and heavy snow predicted across the UK the next few days are set to be a very busy period for the Landscapes winter services team!
Over the next few days, large parts of the UK are expecting significant snow fall and stormy conditions. Surprisingly this would be the first significant snow event since 2014! The Met Office issued a yellow warning for wind and snow, with sleet showers, gales and widespread overnight frosts also anticipated.
The heaviest snow fall is likely to be across northern and western Scotland, Northern Ireland and around Irish Sea coasts, but other areas will also be affected. Strong winds could make conditions worse causing temporary blizzards and there is a risk of hail and thunder in some areas.
All of this means Landscapes winter services team will be as busy as ever tracking the snow in a bid to keep our client’s businesses moving and their sites safe. With around 5,000 winter service customers, the next few nights promise to be the busiest nights of the year!
It’s very important that everyone stays safe during bad weather and travelling in cold and snowy weather can be very risky so we ask everyone to take extra care when doing so. To help you here are a few handy tips to keep in mind when driving in winter conditions:
Before you set off
- Allow extra time for your journey
- Try to get up at least 10 minutes early to fully de-ice your vehicle. Don’t drive off like a tank commander with only a tiny hole cleared in the windscreen
- Check your fuel levels; keep at least a quarter of a tank in case of unexpected delay
- In heavy snow fall conditions, plan routes to favour major roads, which are more likely to be cleared and gritted
Driving in Snow and Ice
- Take it slow; stopping distances should be 10 times longer. Gentle manoeuvres are the key to safe driving in ice and snow
- In snowy conditions pull away in second gear, easing your foot off the clutch gently to avoid wheel-spin
- If you have to use your brakes, apply them gently
- If you do get stuck, straighten the steering and clear the snow from the wheels. Put a sack or old rug in front of the driving wheels to give the tyres some grip
Find out how we can help keep your business moving on our winter services page.