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A lot of finds were uncovered during the archaeological evaluation carried out for the M62 Junction 6 Improvement scheme so we thought it would be nice to provide an interactive website so you can see what we found.

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Drive with care
Watch out for ice
Driving in fog
Driving through ice and snow
Starting off in snow
Driving in the rain
Driving in windy weather
If you break down
Advice for drivers of goods and high-sided vehicles

Road and weather conditions may change, drive with care

When you're on the road, pay attention to the changing road, traffic and weather conditions. Be ready to slow down and take more care if you need to, particularly on bends and exposed roads. Don't be lulled into a false sense of security - even if you drive every day on the same stretch of road.

You can use the Highways Agency's information services to check for delays on the major roads. We work closely with the Met Office, so we've got the latest information on weather conditions too.

Additional information and advice on driving in adverse weather conditions is available in the Highway Code or by visiting the DirectGov website.

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Driving in adverse weather

Watch out for ice!

Even after roads have been treated in winter, driving conditions may remain challenging, especially on stretches where the local road layout or landscape means there is a greater risk of ice forming.

Watch out for locations where you may need to drive more carefully, either because of side winds or a greater risk of ice. Some common examples are:

  • Changes in road elevation or exposure
  • Where the road passes under or over a bridge
  • Things at the side of the road that shade the carriageway, such as trees and bridges
  • When you leave a busy road, where the amount of traffic has helped keep the road clear and turn into a quieter side road or slip road
  • Bends in the road where there is a greater risk of loss of control. Reduce your speed when approaching a bend and don't brake suddenly.

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Driving in fog

  • Use dipped headlights so other drivers can see you
  • If it's really foggy (less than 100m visibility) and you can't see much, then switch your fog lights on
  • Fog is often patchy so try not to speed up as visibility improves. You could suddenly find yourself back in thick fog.

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Driving through ice and snow

  • Clear any snow on the roof of the vehicle before you drive off. It can slip down over the windscreen and obscure your view
  • It's not always obvious that the road is icy. Look for clues such as ice on the pavement or on your windscreen, before you start your journey. If your tyres are making virtually no noise on the road it could be a sign that you're driving on ice
  • Don't brake harshly - you risk locking up your wheels and you could skid further
  • In severe cold or snowy conditions, look out for winter service vehicles spreading salt or using snow ploughs. They'll have flashing amber beacons and will be travelling at slower speeds - around 40 miles per hour. Stay well back because salt or spray is thrown across the road. Don't overtake unless it is safe to do so - there may be uncleared snow or previously untreated surfaces on the road ahead.

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Starting off in snow

Even when the main roads are clear, the side roads can often be snow-covered because they won't have been treated and there is less traffic.

Avoid revving your engine and spinning your wheels on the slippery surface. Slow and steady works best. Try starting off gently in second gear. Then move into third and avoid sudden steering and braking. Anticipating the road ahead of you becomes even more important, so that you keep moving steadily where you can rather than having to stop and then start off again - especially on hills.

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Driving in the rain

When the road's wet, it can take twice as long to stop. So it makes sense to slow down and maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front.

  • If your vehicle loses its grip, or "aquaplanes" on surface water take your foot off the accelerator to slow down.

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Driving in windy weather

  • Take extra care on the roads and plan your journeys by checking the latest weather conditions
  • High-sided vehicles are particularly affected by windy weather but strong gusts can also blow a vehicle, cyclist, motorcyclist, or horse rider off course.  This can happen on open stretches of road exposed to strong crosswinds, or when passing bridges, high-sided vehicles or gaps in trees.

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If you break down on the motorway

  • Pull onto the hard shoulder, park as far over to the left as you can, away from traffic, and turn on your hazard warning lights
  • Get yourself and any passengers out of the vehicle immediately, using the doors on the left hand side, furthest from the traffic. While you wait for help, keep well away from the carriageway and hard shoulder - stand over the barrier if it's safe to do so - and do not try even the simplest of repairs
  • Try to use the emergency roadside telephones rather than a mobile phone. This will help traffic officers and emergency services know exactly where you are
  • If you or your passengers have a disability, please read our 'My Way' magazine for tips and advice on motorway driving at www.highways.gov.uk/disability

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Advice for drivers of goods and high-sided vehicles

The Highways Agency operates an 'alert status' system to help the road haulage industry and drivers of goods and high-sided vehicles respond to warnings of high winds, and a severe weather alert for snow. There are two levels of alert: red and amber:

  • An amber alert will advise drivers to take care because it is highly likely traffic conditions will be affected by the weather. From this they should then monitor traffic and travel radio bulletins and consider using a different route to avoid the area of severe weather
  • A red alert will only be issued under exceptional circumstances when journeys would be affected on the Highways Agency's road network by severe weather. For the duration of a red alert, drivers of goods and high-sided vehicles should leave the network and find a safe place to park.

You will be informed of the alert status through traffic reports on the radio, and through the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and Road Haulage Association (RHA) membership networks.

When a severe weather warning is issued by the Met Office, the Highways Agency aims to help you with your journey by providing advice through radio bulletins, TV, on its website http://www.highways.gov.uk/, and on overhead electronic messaging signs.

Follow the alerts

Severe Weather Alerts

Observing these alerts will help the Highways Agency and emergency services to maintain or restore normality to the road network as quickly as possible during periods of severe weather.

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