What should I do?

Despite our efforts, winter weather can still make roads treacherous.  We are unable to guarantee ice-free roads, and motorists must always drive with great care in adverse weather.

The Highway Code gives the following advice when driving in winter weather:

  • Ensure that the battery is well maintained and that there are appropriate anti-freeze agents in your radiator and windscreen bottle
  • You must be able to see, so clear all snow and ice from your windows
  • Your must ensure that lights are clean and number plates are clearly visible and legible
  • Make sure the mirrors are clear and the windows are demisted thoroughly
  • Ensure you have good vision and use dipped headlights so that you can be seen by other motorists
  • Always check the weather forecasts
  • Do not assume the roads are treated
  • Only drive if your journey is essential
  • Drive with care, even if the roads have been treated
  • Keep well back from the road user in front as stopping distances can be ten times greater than on dry roads
  • Take care when overtaking vehicles spreading salt particularly if you are riding a motor cycle or cycle
  • Watch out for gritting vehicles
  • Be prepared for the road conditions to change over relatively short distances
  • Drive at a slow speed in as high a gear as possible; accelerate and brake very gently
  • It can take time for the salt to become effective.
  • Showers or rain will wash salt off roads leaving them prone to icing.
  • Forecasts are not always accurate, and the weather can change rapidly.
  • 80% of the roads are not routinely treated.
  • When freezing conditions or snow follows rain there may not be enough time to treat all the network before temperatures fall to zero.
  • It takes over three hours to salt the network.

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Have a safe journey