Out and about

There are certain winter preparations you can make to your vehicle as well as precautions you can take before travelling. Always check before you travel and drive to the conditions.

  1. Before travelling, check your local and national weather forecast and keep up to date with the latest warnings.
  2. Check that you know where to find traffic and travel information. Live updates are provided by the Highways Agency for motorways and trunk roads in England, or  Transport Direct for public transport as well as car journeys.
  3. If your area is at risk of flooding, remember that you should not drive or walk through flood water. Six inches of fast-flowing water can knock over an adult and two feet of water can move a car.
  4. If heavy winds are forecast, consider taking alternative transport if you normally cycle. Winds can easily blow you off your bike and cause serious injuries.

Winter driving

Emergency kit

Check that you have an  emergency kit available in your car. This should include:

  • Ice scraper and de-icer
  • Warm clothes and blankets - for you and all passengers
  • Torch and spare batteries - or a wind-up torch
  • Food and a flask with a hot drink
  • Any medication you need to take regularly
  • Boots
  • First aid kit
  • Jump leads
  • A shovel
  • Road atlas
  • Sunglasses (the glare from winter sun can be dazzling)

Is your vehicle ready for winter?

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Check that your vehicle is ready for winter using the POWDERY checklist as a good reminder:

PETROL (or diesel). Have you got enough? Do you know where to fill up?

OIL - check levels once a month

WATER - check radiator, screenwash and anti freeze levels regularly

DAMAGE - check wipers, lights etc for signs of wear and tear or damage

ELECTRICS - check lights, indicators and controls are working properly

RUBBER TYRES - are they well inflated, legal, with good tread and free from damage?

YOURSELF - are you fit to drive? Have you slept well? Are you taking any medication(s) that could make it unsafe for you to drive?

Further advice on driving in adverse weather conditions is available in the Highway Code or for more detailed information visit the Highways Agency winter pages.


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