DORSET Police are warning drivers to take extra care when getting behind the wheel in difficult conditions.
Motorists are being urged to take precautions as cold and wet weather is likely to set in over the next few weeks.
Inspector Matt Butler of Dorset Police Traffic Unit said: “In wet weather, stopping distances will be at least double those required for braking on dry roads.
“If the steering becoming unresponsive, it means that water is preventing the tyres from gripping the road. East off the accelerator and slow down gradually.
“You should keep well back from the vehicle in front. This will increase your ability to see and plan ahead.”
Drivers are reminding to check local weather forecasts for warnings of snowy weather, and to only drive in icy and snowy conditions if the journey is essential.
“Remove all snow and ice from all your windows and the rest of your vehicle before setting off on your journey so you have a clear view” added Inspector Butler.
“Make sure the mirrors and clear and the windows are de-misted thoroughly. Ensure that lights are clean and number plates are clearly visible and legible.
“Check your planned route is clear of delays and that no further snowfalls or severe weather is predicted.”
Motorists should also take care when overtaking vehicles spreading salt, particularly if they are riding a motorcycle.