POLICE are warning motorists to take extreme caution on the roads as snow continues to fall across Essex.

People are being advised to only make journeys by car where they are unavoidable.

Advice being given out by Essex Police's casualty reduction manager Adam Pipe, includes:

*Make sure all car lights are working and you ensure dirt, salt and snow is cleared away from light fixtures.

*Ensure all windows are fully cleared of snow, frost and condensation before setting off on a journey - it is illegal to drive with obscured vision.

*Clear snow from the top of the car as this can fall down and obscure windscreens while driving.

*Keep windscreen washer fluid topped up as windscreens quickly become dirty from traffic spray and salt from the roads.

*Make sure you have sufficient fuel for your journey.

*Give yourself extra time for your journey and drive at a constant speed.

*Take a mobile telephone with you and make sure it is fully charged.

*If you leave your car park it away from any main traffic routes, leaving a contact number on the windscreen.