UPDATED: Snow - Police plea to drivers and ambulance trust expects more calls

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Police are urging drivers to only make neccessary journey after last night’s snow.

People who do take to the roads are being asked to make sure they drive appropriately to the conditions, taking extra care and making sure they keep their distance from other vehicles on the road.

Sergeant Paul Denton from the Western Area Roads Policing Team said: “We’d ask drivers to make sure they have warm clothing, a shovel and a fully-charged mobile phone with them if they are travelling in these conditions.”

He also asked drivers to stick to main roads.

West Yorskhire Police’s advice is to make sure all car lights are working and all dirt, salt and snow is cleared away from light fixtures.

Always ensure all windows are fully cleared of snow, frost and condensation before setting off on a journey - it is illegal to drive with obscured vision.

Also clear snow from the top of the car as this can fall down and obscure your windscreen while you are driving.

Keep windscreen washer fluid topped up as windscreens quickly become dirty from traffic spray and salt from the roads.

Make sure you have sufficient fuel for your journey. Keep the fuel tank topped up.

Give yourself extra time for your journey and drive at a constant speed. Accept your journey will take longer and don’t take risks.

If you get stuck in the snow, police say you should stay with your car. In an emergency, if you do need to leave it, park it out of a main traffic route, where it won’t cause an obstruction when conditions ease. Leave a contact number on the inside of the windscreen and return to your car at the first opportunity you have.

Meanwhile Yorkshire Ambulance NHS Trust is also urging people to keep themselves and others safe.

With more snow and ice on the ground, they are expecting a marked increase in weather-related slips, trips and falls and crashes today– all of which will put additional pressure on their service.

David Williams, deputy director of operations, said: “The plans we have in place are helping to ensure that we can operate effectively in the adverse conditions but ask that members of the public continue to use the service wisely.

“We don’t want to deter people from calling us in serious cases such as heart attack, breathing difficulties or stroke for example and please be reassured that we are focusing our efforts on reaching patients with life-threatening illnesses and serious injuries as a priority.

“Our staff are working extremely hard to get to people who call upon us for help as quickly and as safely as possible but understandably hazardous driving conditions may lead to extended drive-times meaning it might take us a little longer than normal to reach patients in the worst-hit areas.

“Please take extra care when out driving or walking and where possible avoid travelling at all in icy or snowy conditions. If you do have to go out, ensure that you wear appropriate footwear and warm clothing.”