With temperatures due to drop, Bedfordshire Police is reminding motorists not to leave cars unattended while windscreens defrost.
Some drivers switch their engines and heaters on and return to their homes during cold weather, but this can make it easier for opportunist thieves to steal vehicles.
A spokesperson for Bedfordshire Police said: “It’s important that motorists leave extra time to go outside and de-ice their windows themselves, rather than leaving their car unlocked and the engine running. It may sounds like an inconvenience to wait outside and defrost your car, but is a lot less trouble than having your car stolen and finding yourself without transport.
“You might only pop inside for a moment, but that’s long enough for someone to steal your car if you’ve left your keys in there.
“With cold and icy weather forecast this weekend and over the coming week, it’s important that road users allow more time for their journeys and drive with extra caution during extreme conditions – it can be difficult to spot ice on the road.”
Other tips from Bedfordshire Police to keep you safe while using the roads during winter include:
- Stick to the speed limits – and reduce your speed further in poor conditions
- Plan your journey – before you leave check local weather and traffic reports
- Allow plenty of time for your journey as you may need to drive more slowly, particularly in fog, snow and heavy rain
- Allow at least three times more space between you and the car in front to stop
- Always wear a seatbelt while driving, and don’t be distracted by mobile phones
- Bad weather can make visibility conditions worse, so use your headlights
- Keep a blanket and extra clothes in your car in case you break down
- Cyclists should have front and rear lights and also where reflective clothing so that they are more visible to drivers