STOP - Road and weather conditions may change - be ready to slow down and take more care driving if you need to.
LOOK - Check your vehicle is ready for winter before your journey and always carry an emergency kit.
LISTEN - Check traffic and weather updates online or on radio. Don't forget to charge your mobile phone.
Select the text segments below for some advice and information from our partners at the Highways Agency.
Be informed - check traffic and weather updates
Be prepared - check your vehicle is ready for winter and always carry your emergency kit
Be aware - in severe weather winter teams (HA) need the time and space to do their job
Be wise - conditions may change, drive with care
A Few Points Highlighted...
Before each journey in severe weather
• Clean any snow and ice from all windows, lights and number plates. Make sure you can see clearly and be seen.
• Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged – but don’t use while driving.
• Take some food and a warm drink in a flask in case you get stuck. Don't forget to take any personal medication too.
Is your vehicle ready?
It's worth making these checks regularly - and particularly before a long winter journey:
• Check and replace the anti-freeze in the radiator
• Make sure your lights are clean and check the bulbs
• Ensure your windscreen is clean
• Replace the battery if it's not reliable
• Ensure your tyres are correctly inflated and replace them before the tread has reached the legal minimum.
(see 20p tread check)
Drive according to the conditions:
- Allow extra time and distance to brake as it can take ten times longer to stop
- Use the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin
- To brake without locking your wheels, get into a low gear earlier than normal, allow your speed to fall and use the brake pedal gently
- Be wary of satellite navigation systems as they tend to direct you over high rural roads that are likely to be closed or particularly hazardous in winter
- Do not assume that pedestrians have seen you. They may be elderly, young or not be able to hear you
- Do not attempt to cross flooded roads if the water seems too deep
- Drive slowly through water in first gear but keep the engine speed high by slipping the clutch - this will stop you from stalling
- Test your brakes when you have driven through a flood before you drive again at normal speed
If you have an accident, break-down or become stuck in bad weather conditions:
- Do not use a mobile phone while driving. Stop somewhere safe or ask a passenger to make the call
- On a motorway, it is best to use a roadside emergency telephone because the emergency services and breakdown recovery services will be able to locate you easily. If you have to use a mobile phone, make sure you know your location from the numbers on the marker posts on the side of the hard shoulder
- If you have to leave your vehicle to get help, make sure other drivers can see you
Diesel powered vehicles may suffer problems in low temperatures. Normal Diesel fuel will Cloud at 0 degrees centigrade, it will form a gel at around -10 and turn to wax at around -35. For bio diesels these temperatures will be less. This can result in vehicles not starting or wax crystals blocking fuel lines and pumps. Diesel flow additives can be bought from most automotive stores to counteract this.
Road and weather conditions may change, drive with care
When you’re on the road, pay attention to the changing road, traffic and weather conditions. Be ready to slow down and take more care if you need to, particularly on bends and exposed roads. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security – even if you drive every day on the same stretch of road.
• You can use the Highways Agency’s information services to check for delays on the major roads. They work closely with the Met Office, so they’ve got the latest information on weather conditions too.
• Take weather conditions into account when planning your route by visiting the Met Office website or listening to local radio broadcasts.
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Web Links Of Interest
Useful links from DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency)
- Apply for your first provisional licence
- Change your address online
- Exchange your paper driving licence for a photocard licence
- Get a replacement licence if yours is lost or stolen
- Renew your licence at 70