Police offer advice as snow forecasted to continue through the night

A car stranded on Pinnar Lane, Southowram,sent in by Twitter user @santobugito
A car stranded on Pinnar Lane, Southowram,sent in by Twitter user @santobugito

West Yorkshire Police is advising drivers to drive safely and be prepared as the snow continues to come down.

They have offered up the following pieces of advice:

Make sure all your car lights are working and you have no failed bulbs. Ensure that 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.

Take a mobile telephone with you and make sure it is fully charged. Carry a mobile charger in the car.

If you get stuck in the snow 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.