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Winter Safety Advice

Winter can cause serious disruption for road users, regardless of whether you’re a motorist or a pedestrian. 

Please consider the following advice to keep yourself and others safe.    

Your vehicle

  • Keep lights, windows and mirrors clean and free from snow and ice
  • Don’t set off until the interior heater has completely de-misted the inside of the car
  • Check that your battery is in good condition (most winter breakdowns are electrical)
  • Add anti-freeze to the radiator and winter additive to the windscreen and washer bottles
  • Make sure wipers and lights are in good condition
  • Check that the tyres have plenty of tread depth and are maintained at the correct pressure
See the RAC's Winter Breakdown Checklist for more helpful advice.

Your journey

  • Think about whether your journey is essential
  • Check the weather forecast and listen to the radio for live travel updates
  • Tell someone your destination and what time you expect to arrive
  • Set off early to allow for slower driving speeds, possible hold-ups due to accidents, possible single lane traffic on dual carriageways due to snow
  • Keep a larger gap than normal between you and the vehicle in front - much larger when there is snow or ice on the road
  • Brake and accelerate gently on wet, snowy or icy surfaces
  • Use dipped headlights in mist, fog, falling snow or heavy rain
  • Use your rear fog lights when visibility is poor but not in the rain. Be sure to turn them off as soon as conditions allow
  • Be prepared in case you get stuck in the snow or have to leave your vehicle. Make sure you have warm clothes, food, boots and a torch
  • Watch out for other road users


  •  Wear appropriate clothing that is both warm and visible and shoes with good grip
  • Carry a torch if it’s dark
  • Be aware of icy pavements. If you have to walk on a road, face oncoming vehicles so you can react to the traffic
  • Watch out for objects buried in the snow which might trip you up or cause you injury
  • Let someone know where you are going and what time you will be back
  • ·If you carry a mobile phone, check that the battery is charged

You stay up to date with the latest forecasts and any weather warnings in place for our area by visiting the Met Office website.

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