Winter Whiteout!

Eastleigh bandstand in the Snow

Traffic chaos came to Eastleigh this evening as the rush hour traffic was once again affected by snowfalls on top of a frozen road surface – the second time in a fortnight.

Further Snowfall is predicted for tonight. The cold snap is expected to continue for the rest of the week with temperatures in Eastleigh predicted to fall as low as – 15 on Friday!

Hampshire police have issued the following advice to Motorists:

· Snow and ice can make driving treacherous, so try and manoeuvre gently and avoid any harsh braking or acceleration.

· Drive in the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin, and allow extra space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front.

· It can take ten times longer to stop in icy conditions than in dry, fine weather, so drive slowly.

· If you do have to brake on snow or ice then get into a lower gear, earlier than normal, allow your speed to fall and use the brake pedal gently.

· If you start to skid then ease off the accelerator, but do not brake suddenly.

· Take a few minutes to prepare your vehicle before you set off on your journey. Make sure you clear all windscreens and windows and drive carefully.

· Always tell someone where you are going, and make sure that you keep essential items in your car in case of a breakdown such as; a blanket, some warm clothing, a hot drink and a torch.

· Winter sun is also extremely bright and dazzling, so always keep a pair of sunglasses in the car and on long journeys ensure you take regular breaks as tiredness can kill.

Eastleigh High Street looking festive

  3 comments for “Winter Whiteout!

  1. Davo
    January 6, 2010 at 11:12 am

    ‘drive in the highest gear possible’

    Wot in snow?

    Don’t they mean the LOWEST gear possible??

  2. Eastleigh Express
    January 6, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    No, they do mean Highest gear.

    The ‘low gear best in snow’ thing is a myth.

  3. Steve
    January 10, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Might be best to say lowest speed in highest gear. People seem to think that high gear means high speed.If you are in low gear there is a greater chance of the wheels just spinning.

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