country over the next few days, the Highways Agency urges drivers to
take extra care on the roads.
care during the very windy conditions forecast by the Met Office.
The agency is working with the police to ensure that disruption from
accidents and incidents is minimised and traffic kept moving.
The agency, which manages, operates and improves motorways and
all-purpose trunk roads in England, offers the following advice to
* Heavy rain and spray are likely to lead to reduced visibility.
Drivers should slow down and keep well back from the vehicle
travelling in front because it takes longer to slow down and stop in
* After driving through floods, test your brakes before you continue
driving at higher speed.
* Drivers of high-sided vehicles or towing caravans should take extra
care when strong winds are forecast.
* Drivers are advised to check the latest information on weather and
road conditions before they set off, and during their journey.
For weather conditions:
* The Met Office website - www.metoffice.com
* Local radio broadcasts
and for road conditions:
* HA website - www.highways.gov.uk
* Highways Agency Information Line 0845 7504030
The agency is monitoring water levels and working with the police
where road lanes or carriageways have to be closed for safety reasons
after heavy rain. Together with local authorities we will establish
diversion routes where appropriate to minimise the impact to drivers.
1. The Highways Agency is an executive agency of the Department for
Transport, which manages, maintains and improves the network of trunk
roads and motorways in England on behalf of the secretary of state.
It works closely with other transport operators and with local
authorities to integrate the trunk road network with the rest of
England's roads and other forms of transport.
2. Information about roadworks and road conditions on the motorways
and trunk roads in England is available from the Highways Agency
Information Line on 08457 504030, and website:
3. In 2002, the year for which the latest figures are available, five
roadworkers were killed and 29 seriously injured on Highways Agency
roads due to motor vehicle collisions
4. Safe driving through roadworks
Drivers approaching roadworks are advised to:
* Keep within the speed limit - it is there for your safety
* Get into the correct lane in good time - don't keep switching
* Concentrate on the road ahead, not the roadworks
* Be alert for works traffic leaving or entering roadworks
* Keep a safe distance - there could be queues in front
* Observe all signs - they are there to help you