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Thursday, 24 July 2014

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Cumbria police alert over multiple crashes on M6

Cumbria police are dealing with around five collisions that have occurred this afternoon on the M6 around Killington.

Between J37 and J36 at around 1.22pm, police received reports that a BMW travelling southbound at Killington collided with the central reservation. Another vehicle has then collided with the BMW.

Since this collision, three other vehicles have come off the road on the northbound and southbound carriageways.

Road conditions are worsening and there is currently a 30MPH advisory speed restriction in the area.

Police patrols are tending to the incidents which are not believed to be serious. Fortunately, it is not believed that anyone is injured.

Police are reiterating their advice that motorists should only travel if absolutely necessary in the south and west of the county due to the dangerous conditions caused by high winds and snowfall which has meant that officers have been busy dealing with multiple incidents across the county.

If your journey is absolutely essential, police offer the following advice:

  • Plan your journey in advance
  • Only drive if essential
  • Check weather forecasts and tune into local radio stations to check road conditions and closures
  • Tell someone at your destination what time you expect to arrive
  • Make sure you are equipped with warm clothes, food, boots, a torch and a spade
  • Clear your windows and mirrors before you set out and carry a screen scraper and de-icer

    Drive according to the conditions:
  • Allow extra time and distance to brake as it can take ten times longer to stop
  • Use the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin
  • To brake without locking your wheels, get into a low gear ear
  • ier than normal, allow your speed to fall and use the brake pedal gently
  • Be wary of satellite navigation systems as they tend to direct you over high rural roads that are likely to be closed or particularly hazardous in winter
  • Do not assume that pedestrians have seen you. They may be elderly, young or not be able to hear you
  • Do not attempt to cross flooded roads if the water seems too deep
  • Drive slowly through water in first gear but keep the engine speed high by slipping the clutch - this will stop you from stalling
  • Test your brakes when you have driven through a flood before you drive again at normal speed

If you have an accident, break-down or become stuck in bad weather conditions:

  • Do not use a mobile phone while driving. Stop somewhere safe or ask a passenger to make the call
  • On a motorway, it is best to use a roadside emergency telephone because the emergency services and breakdown recovery services will be able to locate you easily. If you have to use a mobile phone, make sure you know your location from the numbers on the marker posts on the side of the hard shoulder
  • If you have to leave your vehicle to get help, make sure other drivers can see you

Vehicle maintenance:

  • Keep lights, windows and mirrors clean and free from ice and snow
  • Keep your battery fully charged
  • Add anti-freeze to the radiator and winter additive to the windscreen washer
  • Check that tyres have plenty of tread depth and are the correct pressure
  • Diesel powered vehicles may suffer problems in low temperatures. Normal Diesel fuel will Cloud at 0 degrees centigrade, it will form a gel at around -10 and turn to wax at around -35. For bio diesels these temperatures will be less. This can result in vehicles not starting or wax crystals blocking fuel lines and pumps. Diesel flow additives can be bought from most automotive stores to counteract this.

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