Don't get caught out when driving in severe weather. Putting aside ten minutes to plan your journey before you set off could make all the difference.
Essential things to check
Check your planned route at the Highways Agency website where you can find up-to-date traffic information and check out some useful reminders before you travel.
You should also check your vehicle is ready for the drive by checking the condition of your tyres on the Tyre Safe website as well as making sure your windscreen and lights are clean.
If you plan to drive or ride during the dark evenings, make sure you are using your lights correctly. Further advice can be found on the Direct Gov website.
Driving in wet conditions can be hazardous, but you have a better chance of staying safe if you prepare for wet weather. Further advice can be found on the AA website.
Essential emergency kit items
Pack an emergency kit before you set out driving this winter, you never know when you might need it. Your emergency kit should include:
- Ice scraper and de-icer
- Torch and spare batteries
- Warm clothes and a blanket
- First aid kit
- Jump leads
- Mobile phone charger
- Food and a warm drink in a vacuum flask
- A shovel
- Reflective warning sign
- Road atlas
- Sunglasses (the glare off snow can be dazzling)
- Any personal medication
For more detailed advice and information about driving in the winter please visit the Institute of Advanced Motorists website. There is also a free winter driving guide on the Driving Advice website.
Check out the Drive Start website to download a guide for advice and tips on winter driving.
Visit the Highways Agency YouTube channel website who have created a series of videos reminding road users of the dangers and hazards of driving in winter conditions.
Visit the GEM Motoring Assist website to view their video on winter driving.
Visit the Halfords website for further winter driving tips.
Winter Driving Quiz
Have a go at the winter driving quiz below. Then please download the answers.