Motorists in Lichfield and Burntwood are being reminded to take extra care as wet weather sweeps across the region.

A yellow weather warning is in place until Thursday.

Cllr David Williams, Staffordshire County Council’s highways chief, said drivers should be alert to the risk of surface flooding and spray from other vehicles causing issues with visibility.

“We’ve seen some heavy and persistent rain and difficult driving conditions today and this is expected to continue over the next few days.

“With this kind of weather there is a real risk of surface water flooding on the roads and I would like to remind people to take extra care if they are out.

“People should slow down, leave plenty of space between them and the vehicle in front of them and be aware that there could be surface flooding around any corner.

“I’d also ask people not to drive through any flooded sections of road – tempting as it might be,  you can never be sure about how deep the water is and could end up getting stuck there.”

Cllr David Williams, Staffordshire County Council

People can report any flooding problems they see on the roads on www.staffordshire.gov.uk or by calling 0300 111 8000.

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  1. Why are these motorists driving anyway in this lockdown? There are so many cars on the road, where are they all going (other than those who can’t work from home, of course)?

  2. @Mike F, Indeed I’ve noticed during travels to and from work the roads are incredibly busy. I also work weekends at the moment and I was really surprised how many were out and about last weekend. Cars full of adults, the elderly tootling around doing their usual 30 in a 60, loads of cyclists in groups. Places where people go for walks- so busy they were dangerously parking on grass verges – never seen that before around here. Didn’t see a single police check anywhere.

  3. Richard 60 mph is not a target to get to, 30 could be the speed for the conditions. See too many people trying to hit a target in appaling conditions in the area

  4. Quite right Mike F, we are not in a lockdown, the government just thinks we are. I cannot understand why there are so many cars on the roads, when a significant proportion of people are working from home, and outings are supposed to be for essential reasons. We might expect some traffic in the rush hours from those who cannot work from home, but in the middle of the day? The contrast with the first lockdown is startling.

  5. Mike, you can stick to driving 40 on a motorway if you want. You’re just endangering everyone else on the road – same as old people driving 30 in a 60. By the way, I know how to drive – believe it or not. If the conditions are right, I drive the speed limit. Old people doing half the speed limit causes people to take huge risks, endangering themselves and others all because the elderly driver is so uncomfortable with driving. They shouldn’t be on the road when the cannot drive properly.

  6. Richard I think you are one of the problems on the road , you drive at the speed limit if the conditions are right, so what are the right conditions explain. The conditions are very rarely right to be driving at the speed limit are they, I suppose you will be at them this morning as the road is “dry” but round the corner seconds away at 60 mph is a sheet of ice then what boy racer

  7. Richard If drivers are “taking huge risks and endangering themselves and others” that has to call into question whether they should be driving at all. Patience is sometimes needed, as we don’t all have a right to travel at a speed we think is acceptable. We all have to drive with due care and consideration for other road users. How do you cope if you are behind a tractor, funeral cortege or milk float? Or a cycle-rider or a horse-rider? Remember that driving is a privilege, not an entitlement.

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