WITH ice and snow causing congestion across the region, here's some top tips from weather experts on how to stay safe on the roads this winter.

The Met Office has plenty of advice for driving in severe weather.

For snow and ice, the Met Office advises motorists to adjust their driving according to the conditions and plan their journey by checking the latest weather forecast.

On the subject of choosing a route, a spokesman said: "Stick to the main roads where you can.

"You should drive with care and respect the road conditions wherever you drive, but if you cannot avoid driving on a minor road, take extra care.

"Only travel if really necessary. Snow ploughs are unable to get through if the road or motorway is full of stationary traffic, so do not make journeys unless completely necessary to give Highways England and local authorities the space they need to help you on your journey.

"Avoid steep hills and exposed roads hills and exposed areas are likely to present more challenging driving conditions in snow and ice."

The Met Office also recommends drivers make all necessary preparations before setting off.

The spokesman continued: "Clear your windscreen of snow, frost or condensation.

"The Highway Code stipulates you must be able to see out of every glass panel in your vehicle.

"Clear any snow off the roof of the vehicle before you drive away, otherwise you may cause snow to fall on your windscreen hampering your vision."

If drivers come across snow on the road, they are advised to accelerate gently, using low revs.

The spokesman added: "You may need to take off in second gear to avoid skidding.

"You may need 10 times the normal gap between your car and the car in front.

"Try not to brake suddenly - it may lock up your wheels and you could skid further.

"Be extra cautious at road junctions where road markings may not be visible."

For more advice and weather updates, visit www.metoffice.gov.uk