Motorists are being urged to take extra care on Staffordshire’s roads following another severe weather warning from the MET Office.
The county has been hit by a deluge of rain this week and more is expected – along with strong winds – on Sunday and into next week.
Head of Risk Reduction Glynn Luznyj said: “We have seen heavy rainfall over the last week and more is forecast. Unfortunately, wet conditions may result in an increase in road traffic collisions, many of which could be avoided if people ensure that they check their vehicles regularly and they drive with the extra care required.
“There is also a higher risk of debris such as fallen tree branches and even trees coming down in high winds and these can pose an additional danger on roads.
“I would urge drivers to be vigilant when driving in stormy weather and also to check the condition of their vehicle’s tyres, allowing extra time for journeys so that they are not in a rush. It is important to take into account the extra braking distance needed on wet road surfaces and people should never drink and drive, use a mobile phones while behind the wheel and drive while over tired.
“These are simple safety tips but they could have life-saving consequences.”
For more safety information visit www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk In an emergency dial 999.
See our earlier report of the storm