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Equip your car for winter

03.12.2014 From our online archive
Motorists should ensure that their car is equipped for the cold season, the Infrastructure Ministry and police have warned, including winter tyres, but also a window scraper.
09.12.12 neige schnee schneefall, auto verkehr, winter hiver, photo: Marc Wilwert

(CS) Motorists should ensure that their car is equipped for the cold season, the Infrastructure Ministry and police have warned, including winter tyres, but also a window scraper.

As the light snowfall in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday proved – winter has arrived, and with it the danger of icy roads and bad traffic.

Police are therefore reminding motorists that winter tyres are obligatory in conditions of snow and ice. Additionally, it is necessary to clear all windows of ice and snow, as well as head and tail lights. Snow should also be cleared from the roof, hood and boot of the car.

To ensure that the car is in shipshape, motorists should also regularly check the battery, as well as anti-freeze and washer fluid levels.

As a precaution, drivers are also advised to keep an additional blanket or sweater in the car to keep warm in case of breakdown.

Before heading out by car, the ministry and police advise drivers to check the weather forecast and, if necessary, plan additional time for their journey.

Drivers are also urged to avoid risky manoeuvres and adjust their speed to the weather conditions, as well as increasing the safety distance to cars ahead.

In case of snow and ice, smaller roads and country lanes should be avoided as these are frequently not cleared.

When coming upon a snow plough or gritter, motorists should let them pass where possible.

A winter crisis plan, devised in 2011, remains in place for the 2014/15 cold season, outlining communication procedures and lines of action between police, emergency services, the roads and bridges administration and the Infrastructure Ministry.

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