OFFICERS at Cheshire Police have issued a warning to motorists as temperature plummet.

Police have encouraged all road users to take extra care during the winter months.

Supt Paul Beauchamp said: “It’s important all drivers are aware that driving conditions may be more hazardous during the winter period.

“To reduce these risks, all drivers need to ensure they’re aware of the current conditions and to reduce their speed to allow for them.”

Cheshire Police have also stressed that vehicles should be ready for these conditions, with tyres in a good standard and working lights.

As well as being suitable to drive, cars should also be secure, as there is a higher risk of vehicles being stolen in winter.

Supt Beauchamp added: “Opportunist thieves will see a cold spell of weather as a perfect opportunity to snatch a vehicle – especially if the driver has left the engine running and the car unattended while it’s defrosting.”

Before making a long journey in severe weather conditions, motorists have been advised to avoid travelling wherever possible.

If the journey is necessary, they should carry a charged mobile phone, warm clothing, a torch, food and drink and let somebody know where they are going and when.