Be prepared, be cautious and be safe
Winter driving can be hazardous. Don't just drive, prepare.
Check your vehicle is ready for winter. This advice is from the Highways agency:
Regularly servicing and checking your vehicle is in good running order before setting out, will reduce your chances of breaking down on the road. It's worth making these checks regularly - and particularly before a long journey:
* Check and replace the anti-freeze in the radiator
* Make sure your lights are clean and check the bulbs
* Ensure your windscreen is clean
* Replace the battery if it's not reliable
* Ensure your tyres are correctly inflated and replace them if the tread has reached the legal minimum.
Be a smarter driver - check traffic and weather updates
Before you set off it's worth taking a few minutes to make sure that there aren't any problems on your intended route. You can check for live updates as you travel too - but remember not to use your phone while driving.
Remember to take regular breaks from driving - tiredness and loss of concentration are major contributing factors to road accidents.
In winter check the local weather forecast for warnings of icy or snowy weather. DO NOT drive in these conditions unless your journey is essential. If it is, take great care and allow more time for your journey. Take an emergency kit of de-icer and ice scraper, torch, warm clothing and boots, first aid kit, jump leads and a shovel, together with a warm drink and emergency food in case you get stuck or your vehicle breaks down.
When driving in icy or snowy weather
Drive extremely carefully when the roads are icy. Avoid sudden actions as these could cause loss of control. You should
01 December 2010