Road travel

Driving in winter can be made much safer by being prepared, and adapting to road conditions.

Snow, ice, high winds, mist and fog, heavy rain - winter can bring all kinds of severe weather. These present different challenges both for keeping the road network open and for those driving through the difficult conditions.

In severe and wintry weather it's even more important to plan your journey. Highways England provides up to the minute traffic reports for its network of 4,300 miles of motorways and major A roads across England.

HA are you ready

These web pages will explain more about how to prepare for travel on the road network. There are two sections:

Be prepared
: are you and your vehicle ready for when winter bites?

Highways England and local authorities up and down the country have made their plans and have fleets on standby ready to keep roads open.  You too can take steps ahead of winter so you will be able to drive safe, avoid breaking down and help reduce the risk of disruption.

Driving in severe weather: adapting your plans and your driving style

Have you prepared for your journey,  could you change your plans perhaps? How can you drive better in different weather conditions? Just a few minutes checking latest traffic and weather before you set off can make all the difference to your journey.

Keep up to date with the latest on winter driving through the Highways England social media channels @winterhighways

Last updated: 30 September 2016

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