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Tips for Winter Driving

Whether you are an experienced motorist, older driver or just passed your test, here are a few tips on how to stay safe this winter:

  • Only travel when absolutely necessary
  • Allow more time for your journey
  • Slow down and leave increased space between you and the vehicle in front
  • Plan your journey.

Keep the following in the car:

  • De-icing equipment
  • Torch
  • Warm clothes
  • Blanket
  • Spade
  • Food & drink
  • High visibility jacket
  • First aid kit
  • A hazard warning triangle
  • Mobile Phone (fully charged)
  • Wellington boots


  • Your tyres are at the correct pressures.
  • Your vehicle lights are clean and working.
  • Your wiper blades are effective.
  • Your battery is in good condition and fully charged.
  • Your vehicle anti-freeze is the right concentration (your garage can do this for you).
  • Your windows and mirrors are clear of ice or condensation.
  • You have plenty of fuel.

Knowing about the road conditions and weather forecasts can help with journey planning, so listen to local radio weather and traffic reports.

Useful links;

Further winter driving safety advice is available on the following websites; 

RoSPA website

Met Office

Highways England

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