Winter Driving

The weather in the UK over winter can be a real mixed bag.  From frost to snow, dazzling winter sun and heavy rainstorms we pretty much have it all.  Winter driving can therefore be a precarious task.  So what can you do to minimise the risk?

 

The Vehicle

  • Make sure the vehicle is well maintained and serviced at the correct intervals as designated by the manufacturer
  • Before you set off make sure the vehicle has been de-iced and windows are clear
  • Ensure the washer fluid levels are topped up and contain the appropriate amount of de-icer
  • Check tyre pressures and tread depth
  • Make sure lights are all working properly and there is no damage to wiper blades
  • Keep a pair of sunglasses in the vehicle in case of low winter sun

The Journey

  • If the conditions are bad then don’t travel unless absolutely necessary
  • Check the weather forecasts and prepare accordingly
  • Keep warm clothes, appropriate footwear and emergency equipment such as a spade available
  • Adapt your driving style to suit conditions through reducing speed, leaving greater breaking distances, soft breaking and reduced acceleration.
  • If you do get into trouble find a safe spot to park and inform the emergency services as appropriate
  • Keep a safe distance behind snow ploughs or road salting vehicles
  • In foggy conditions used dipped headlights or fog lights as appropriate.  Make sure to turn off fog lights when conditions improve
  • Stay alert and pay attention to roadside warning signs and matrix boards

Supporting Information

Road Conditions | www.highways.gov.uk | www.theaa.com/traffic-news | https://www.rac.co.uk/route-planner/traffic-news/

Weather Reports |www.metoffice.gov.uk