Motorists in many parts of Scotland can expect their journeys to be heavily disrupted, after the Met Office issued a yellow warning for snow and ice across large parts of the country.
Police Scotland has warned drivers in Dumfries and Galloway, Scottish Borders, West Lothian, Falkirk, South Ayrshire, East Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, East Renfrewshire, North Lanarkshire and Glasgow that they are likely to experience significant delays if they head out in the car.
Aside from the frustration and risk involved in driving in adverse weather conditions, Police Scotland has highlighted the unnecessary congestion caused by vehicles that restrict emergency, recovery or winter maintenance vehicles from providing essential assistance or from clearing roads.
Drivers of HGVs have been advised to drive with extreme caution and may be requested to park at a suitable position by the police.
The Met Office expects more snow to hit Scotland by Wednesday night with Carmichael, Aviemore and Tulloch Bridge experiencing between 11cm and 14cm of snow so far, stretching up to 25cm in Eskdalemuir.
A spokesperson for Traffic Scotland said that winter driving was “a question of common sense”.
“Drivers should ask themselves if they really need to travel when conditions are poor,” they added.
“No one should ever place themselves at risk on the road and it may be worth making alternative arrangements such as delaying travel until conditions improve or using public transport."
For journeys that simply can’t be avoided, drivers have been urged to prepare adequately by topping up their fuel tanks and heading out with supplies, such as a fully charged phone, warm clothing, food and water, in the event that they are delayed for several hours.
Ben Robb, brand manager at Dieselink, added: “It can be easy to disregard weather warnings, but Scottish motorists should stop to consider whether they really need to take the car before turning the ignition key.”