During severe winter weather, residents should consider whether it is absolutely necessary to travel. Roads may be hazardous and visibility poor, while there is a risk that motorists may become stranded.
However, if it is necessary to travel, there are a number of measures motorists can take to ensure they stay safe on the roads:
- Make sure you wear appropriate winter clothing including appropriate footwear – and carry a fully-charged mobile phone.
- Make sure your car is fit to travel (more details below).
- Be prepared – think what you will need if you break down. Some of the vital items which you should consider carrying in your car include a first aid kit, battery jump leads, map/Sat Nav, torch, spare batteries, blanket, reflective warning sign, food and drink, ice scraper, de-icer and a shovel.
- If you break down or get stuck... and you have to leave your car, don’t put your hazard lights on. It will get noticed before you will. Don’t run your car’s engine for more than a few minutes at a time. Make sure its exhaust isn’t blocked with snow
- Stick to the main roads and avoid side streets where possible – as it is a first priority for the Council to keep major routes open.
- In an emergency, call 999.
The AA and the RAC have dedicated pages for winter driving advice and car maintenance.