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Drivers urged to plan ahead as snow and ice expected to hit Scotland

Motorists are being urged to prepare for the cold weather that has been creeping in with winter's arrival. Parts of Scotland are expected to be hit with snow and ice in the coming days, which could be an issue for drivers.

Experts are urging drivers to plan ahead so that they are prepared if anything were to happen. This includes bringing a blanket in case you break down and keeping your phone charged at all times.

Car owners should also consider making regular checks to reduce the risk of becoming stranded at the roadside. The guidance has been issued by the motoring and breakdown experts at the RAC.

RAC Breakdown spokesman Rod Dennis said: "With temperatures plummeting this week, many drivers might be taken aback by the cold after an exceptionally mild autumn. Our advice is to be winter ready – check tyres are properly inflated and with good tread, while topping up oil, coolant and screen wash levels if needed.

"Drivers with older batteries in their cars might also wish to give their vehicle a 20-minute drive before colder conditions arrive to ensure the battery can cope with sub-zero temperatures. It’s also worth having a fully-charged mobile phone and carrying a blanket in case of a breakdown to keep warm."

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It comes as Scotland has been hit with two separate yellow weather warnings for Wednesday and Thursday. One alert, which covers much of the East of Scotland, is for ice, while the Highlands are expected to be hit with both snow and ice.

In both instances, travel disruption is expected, so it's worth planning ahead and making sure that your vehicle is prepped for the winter conditions.

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