Winter driving

6/25/2019 4:16:48 PM

1. Tips for winter driving

As drivers we may need to adapt the way we drive during the winter and be prepared for varied weather, road and traffic conditions.  It's important that you feel confident that you and your vehicle are prepared for winter. 

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 and drink
  • high visibility jacket
  • first aid kit
  • hazard warning triangle
  • mobile phone
  • wellington boots

Make sure to check your:

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

Listen to local radio and traffic reports, they can help with planning your journey.


Useful links

RoSPA website
Met Office
Highways England


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Last updated: 25 June 2019

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