Drivers should prepare 5 essential things for their car before hitting the road before Storm Barra this week

Motorists have been urged to pack their cars with five winter essentials before hitting the road as Cyclone Barra hits the UK today.

Storm Barra Dangerous road conditions are bound to come, with slippery black ice increasing the risk of uncontrolled skidding and accidents.

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NS Met Office has warned that snow and rain will hit Scotland and northern England in the coming days.

To 8 inches of snow and 80 mph wind has been predicted.

And drivers received an emergency frost warning between Monday at 9pm and Tuesday at 9am.

Driving experts warn that it’s important to prepare your car for the winter before the worst of the weather hits.

Car insurance provider AA has shared their essential list of must-have frigid journeys – if inclement weather travel is absolutely essential.

In the event of an incident, drivers are required to bring a fully charged cell phone to call for help.

A pitcher of hot drink is another must-have to combat the cold when standing still – while a torch can be used to help shorten daylight hours.

Meanwhile, in the event of an unfortunate skid sending them off the road, a shovel is needed to ensure the driver can free the vehicle if it gets stuck in the snow.

The insurer also urged driver “complete de-icing” of their vehicles before departure – including removing snow from windows, lights and roofs to help improve visibility.

AA spokesman Tony Rich told The Sun: “Before setting off, it’s important to completely de-icing the vehicle, including removing snow from the windows, lights and roof so you can see it. and be seen.

“You should also pack winter essentials in your car such as a waterproof cover, a kettle, a shovel, a flashlight, a fully charged mobile phone and a hot drink bottle.

“If you must move, reduce your speed to deal with conditions and leave plenty of room behind other vehicles.

“Take some extra time, as your journey will probably be longer than usual and make sure you have plenty of fuel/charger if you’re driving an EV (Electric Vehicle).”

Meanwhile, RAC Breakdown spokesman Simon Williams added: “Winter is the most dangerous time of year for drivers.

“A good set of tires is essential to keep the best possible grip, but slowing down to suit the conditions is also important.

“Black ice is probably the most dangerous of all the conditions because drivers don’t realize they’re on it until it’s too late. Going on a slide is scary beyond belief.

“While it’s good to know that you should be on the slopes, it’s a lot harder to do that when you need to, especially if it’s never happened to you before.

“When driving on snow, you should slow down but try to be in the highest gear possible as this helps reduce wheel spin.”

The Met Office issued an emergency ice warning this morning as Cyclone Barra is likely to spread more than 1,000 miles.

Last month Storm Arwen slapping the roads in Brit with turbulent winds of 90 km/h and 3 inches of snow.

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