St Albans motorists warned to take care during severe weather

Severe weather is on the way

Severe weather is on the way - Credit: Archant

Herts Police have urged motorists in St Albans to take extra care on the roads as severe weather is forecast to hit the county later today (Monday).

The service’s communications room is expecting a higher volume of calls as a result of strong winds and rain predicted to affect Hertfordshire this afternoon and tomorrow.

But the police are asking residents to call 101 to report non-emergency incidents, and dial 999 in emergencies only.

Assistant Chief Constable Alison Roome-Gifford said: “A lot of people may be travelling when the weather hits as they go to meet relatives and friends for the festive period.

“I would urge everyone to take extra care on the roads, plan your journey and adapt it as necessary to the conditions.

“Please be mindful of other road users and drive safely, ensuring you adjust your speed appropriately and keep a suitable distance between vehicles.”

The Highways Agency advised motorists that if they have to drive through floods, drive slowly, use a low gear and move forward continuously to avoid stalling the engine.

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