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17 Jan 2013

It’s been a cold week as expected, but it’s about to get a lot worse for UK drivers. Tomorrow Britain is set to be hit by a snow blizzard and the Met Office is warning motorists not to make journeys unless absolutely necessary. Unfortunately our truckers will have to brave the Arctic conditions to keep our nation ticking over – who else is going to deliver the soup and blankets to keep us warm, not to forget the traditional English tea?

To keep safe, Marketing Director at The Fuelcard Company, Jakes de Kock, has some advice for the UK hauliers:

“Our roads can be dangerous places at the best of times but coupled with poor visibility and slippery road surfaces, drivers need to be extra vigilant.

“Make sure all vehicles are well maintained and up to date with services; breakdowns are far more common during cold spells and cost businesses valuable time and money – not to mention, no one wants to stand by the side of a freezing motorway waiting to be rescued!

“Check tyres to ensure they are at the correct pressures and have a tread of at least 3mm to deal with the snow and ice. Although it can be tempting to bundle up in heavy boots and gloves, make sure you change before setting off as it’s important to be connected to your vehicle at all times, especially when there’s a chance of skidding.

“Finally, it’s a good idea to keep a small ‘survival’ pack in your car boot. A few suggestions include: jump leads, a torch, fully charged mobile phone, first aid kit, ice scraper, de-icer, blanket, high visibility jacket and snack bars. You might never need to use it, but if the worst happens then at least you’ll be prepared.”

This is good advice every winter (if not, all year round), but tomorrow doubly so! Forecasters say most areas will see a covering of snow by around midday tomorrow, with even London and the South East seeing between one and two inches.

To all hauliers venturing out tomorrow, keep safe and thank you for your brave service to this nation.

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