Drivers warned of further snow warnings and hefty fines for careless driving and footwear

The Met Office has added to its previous yellow weather warnings for snow, ice and winds, extending the affected areas to the north Midlands and the north east of England. The snow and ice warnings also advise drivers that there will be disruption to travel, with roads and railways likely to be affected.

Longer journey times by road, bus and train services are to be seen, as well as the risk of some icy patches on some untreated roads.

Drivers are also being warned of risking fines and penalty points on their licence.

Wearing warm boots with good tread can seem like a no-brainer if you’re heading out into the snow and ice.

However, motorists should remain cautious of wearing thicker boots when driving.

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The definition of careless driving doesn’t simply apply to using a phone or drifting between lanes.

Following another car too closely, driving too quickly (even within the speed limit) and taking a corner too fast can all become hazardous examples of careless driving when icy roads affect braking times and handling.

James Blackham, CEO and Founder at By Miles, warned drivers of the risks they face over the next few days.

He said: “With stormy and snowy weather rolling in across the northern parts of the UK over the next few days, we’d urge drivers to stay safe and be careful on the roads.

“It’s best to only make trips in poor conditions if you absolutely have to. If there’s no alternative to road travel, then there are a few ways you can make sure you avoid any driving disasters.

“Try to avoid letting your fuel gauge or electrical charge get too low.

“In wintery conditions it might not always be possible to get to a petrol station or charging point in time, so always keep both above half full.

“Poor tyre grip is essential to making sure you can stick to the road in icy or snowy weather.

“We’d recommend not letting tread get below 3mm for safety.”

“Even if you follow this guidance, you may still find yourself stranded as a result of worsening conditions or an accident up ahead.

“That’s why it’s also advised to be prepared with the right clothing and equipment in your car, should you be cut-off en route.

“We often drive less in the winter, particularly when various levels of restrictions are in place across the UK, but traditional insurance charges drivers the same regardless of usage.

“If you’ve decided you’d rather be safe than sorry, and left your car parked up, then you may be able to save on your car insurance by switching to a pay-by-mile policy.”