Police warn of atrocious driving conditions

TAYSIDE Police is urging drivers to take the utmost care on the roads as heavy rains and gale force winds sweep across the territory during the day (Thursday).

They say: “Clearly, with heavy rainfall comes the likelihood of surface water and localised on the roads network in Angus, Perth and Kinross, and Dundee.

“Drivers should reduce their speed and drive with the utmost care as heavy and persistent rainfall is set to continue across the region, leading to surface water that will make driving conditions more difficult. Drivers should slow down approaching standing water to avoid risks of aqua planing. They should also give consideration to any pedestrians nearby.”

The advice continues: “Anyone who is travelling should allow plenty of time for their journey, reduce their speed and drive according to the conditions. This includes keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front and using dipped headlights where appropriate.”

Tayside Police advise people to make use of traffic information websites such as www.trafficscotland.org or Twitter@trafficscotland

For weather and traffic information, members of the public should refer to TV, radio and websites, as well the Met Office alert area on its website http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/

Floodline is Scotland’s 24-hour flooding information service, operated by SEPA Online and by phone. It provides up to date information on river and coastal flood risk across the country including what Flood Warnings or Alerts are in force.

You can receive these directly to your phone, free of charge, by registering at: http://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodingsignup

It is also a source of advice and information on flood risk, minimising the effect that flooding can have on your home or business, and what to do before, during and after a flood.

Call 0845 988 1188 or visit http://www.sepa.org.uk/flooding