With the Met Office issuing yellow weather warnings for snow and ice in parts of Wales over the next couple of days, and parts of Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire waking up to snow this morning (Wednesday) - the Fire Service has urged motorists to take extra care.

Each year, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service attends hundreds of road traffic collisions, therefore the Service is calling on all residents to take extra care when driving in these conditions.

Wintry weather conditions create different driving hazards, but making some simple changes to driving habits can reduce the likelihood of being involved in a collision.

Road users should bear the following points in mind when making journeys:

• Check weather forecasts and traffic news regularly

• Increase the gap between you and the vehicle in front, you may need up to ten times the normal distance for braking

• Check your tyre condition, tread depth and pressure of all tyres including the spare tyre

• Keep your windscreen clear and regularly top-up your washer bottle with screen wash, keep windows and mirrors thoroughly de-misted and clear of ice and snow

As well as treacherous driving conditions, it’s also important to be aware of the potential risks in the home during colder weather.

Across the UK, around 5,000 fires a year are caused by faulty electric blankets, while another 12,000 fires happen within chimneys.

Taking time to consider home winter safety and the additional risks present will help safeguard those from potential dangers.

The Service can offer help and advice on home safety through a free ‘Safe and Well’ visit. More information on these visits, as well as how to book one, can be found by visiting our website or by calling 0800 169 1234.

Further information on winter safety can be found on the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service website.