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Make time for winter with the Highways agency

Research conducted by The Highways Agency's shows that drivers are often unprepared for a change in the weather;

  • 45% of drivers do not make any vehicle checks
  • 28% do not take any of the items in the suggested emergency kit
  • 53 per cent do not even carry de-icer.

As part of their winter campaign The Highways Agency has been promoting its winter driving messages around the country this week and an indoor ski slope in Milton Keynes was able to provide plenty of the white stuff.

Highways agency winter campaign

The Agency, which manages 4,300 miles of motorways and major A roads in England, often faces an uphill task promoting its make time for winter campaign before the really severe weather kicks in. But it was downhill all the way as skiers and snowboarders built a slalom course out of traffic cones borrowed from a traffic officer vehicle parked on the Snozone slope.

Around half of drivers in England did not carry out pre-winter checks on their vehicle last year and the agency is encouraging drivers to take some simple steps during winter:

  • Check your vehicle - fuel and fluid levels, electrics and tyres - before setting out
  • Be prepared with an emergency kit in your vehicle
  • Plan your journeys. Check weather and travel conditions before and during your journey
  • If the weather is very severe, consider whether your journey is essential or travel at a different time. In winter, the weather can change quickly so always be prepared for bad weather
  • Remember that even when roads have been treated with salt, ice can still form, particularly on bends or under overhanging trees

What should be in your winter kit?

Gather together the fol­low­ing items and pack in your vehi­cle at the start of the win­ter sea­son, you never know when you might need them!

  • Ice scraper and de-icer
  • Warm clothes and blan­kets - for you and all passengers
  • Torch and spare bat­ter­ies - or a wind-up torch
  • Boots
  • First aid kit
  • Jump leads
  • A shovel
  • Road atlas
  • Sun­glasses (the glare off win­ter sun can be dazzling)

In addi­tion, when set­ting out on jour­neys dur­ing the win­ter sea­son remem­ber to take with you:

  • Food and a flask with a hot drink
  • Any med­ica­tion you, or other peo­ple trav­el­ling with you, need to take regularly

Read more about winter preparations on the Highways Agency website.

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