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  14 Feb 2020South Yorkshire prepares for Storm Dennis

A road safety partnership is advising motorists, pedestrians and cyclists to take extra care this weekend as South Yorkshire braces itself for severe weather.

 

Over the next few days, Storm Dennis is forecast to bring heavy rain and widespread gales to our region, causing potential delays and travel disruption.

 

A Met Office yellow warning of rain and of wind is in place until midday on Monday 17 February.

 

Joanne Wehrle, manager of South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership (SYSRP) said: “This weekend’s forecast is for heavy rain and gales of up to 56mph in parts of our county.

 

“We would urge people using our roads to plan ahead and drive or ride to the conditions of the road.

 

“Obviously the road surfaces will be more slippery than usual so you need to give yourself extra time to react and increase your gap between you and the vehicle in front.

 

“A good rule of thumb is ‘if it’s time for your wipers, it’s time to slow down’.”

 

Motorists are advised to stick to main roads that are less likely to be exposed to fallen branches, debris and flooding. It is also important to use dipped headlights if visibility is seriously reduced and anticipate spray from other vehicles.

 

Road users should give cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians more room than usual as they will be increasingly vulnerable.

 

Cyclists are advised to use a lower gear, stick to sheltered routes if possible and pedestrians should ensure they walk away from the edge of the pavement, particularly with children.

 

“No matter what type of road user you are, the key is to plan ahead and take extra precautions,” added Joanne.

“Gusts of wind can unsettle vehicles – grip your steering wheel firmly with both hands. This is particularly important when planning to overtake.

“Keep an eye out for gaps between trees, buildings or bridges over a river or railway – these are some of the places you are more likely to be exposed to side winds.

“Ensure that you maintain enough room either side of your vehicle so you can account for it being blown sideways.” For more information about winter driving visit: www.sysrp.co.uk/winter/