Home Menu Search

Winter driving: preparation

4 February 2015

Story from Safer Roads

The last few days has seen the arrival of some really cold conditions, in some parts of the country the worst for several years. Of all the seasons, winter is the one which requires drivers take the most care and preparation when taking to the roads. Therefore Safer Roads is offering useful advice to help motorists to stay safe this winter.

Useful tips include:

  • With the days being shorter in winter, it’s best practice to always drive with your lights on. Remember it’s not just about you seeing where you’re going, it’s about other motorists being able to see you. So leave them switched on.
  • Try to keep to the main roads, as these are more likely to have been gritted and the higher traffic flow will keep them warmer, reducing the risk of hit patches of snow or ice.
  • The simplest advice is to leave a little longer for your journey than you would have otherwise. Poor road conditions mean that traveling may be rather slow going, and can lead to a build-up in traffic. No one likes being late, so by giving yourself an extra few minutes, you should be avoiding a whole lot of stress.
  • One regular problem we encounter is waking up to a frozen over windscreen. Make sure you clear all of your windows before setting off on your journey. Restricted visibility can be very dangerous. The same goes if your car is covered in snow. Clear it all off. Including the roof, bonnet and especially your lights; using a soft broom can be helpful to clear the snow from the roof and prevent it spilling on the car behind as you drive down the road.

Related news, events and information

Extra care needed on wintery roads

17 January 2017 – Insure The Box, global pioneers of telematics-based car insurance, is urging young drivers to take extra care...

Interactive Driving Systems: Tips for eco-safe driving

17 August 2010 – Minimising vehicle use is the best way to save fuel and improve road safety, but for the times when a journey...

Drink drivers could lose cars

14 June 2013 – The Department for Transport (DfT) has launched a new £740,000 THINK! drink-drive campaign involving radio...

Keep our streets bright and safe

29 October 2010 – RoadSafe has joined Autoglass in a campaign to keep Britain's street lights switched on. Councils across the...

Keep your tyres in check

21 July 2013 – Story from Newspress. The Institute of Advanced Motorists warned motorists to keep their tyres in check after...

Winter Motoring Advice

11 November 2009 – This winter, Motor Codes garages are passing on expert winter motoring advice to their customers. To make sure...

Winter tyres increase safety

2 November 2010 – The majority of UK motorists feel less safe driving in the winter, but nearly a fifth fail to make any...

Drivers' Give-away For Summer Get-away

20 July 2007 – As the peak summer gets away on the roads approaches, casualty reduction chiefs are warning drivers: this is...

Scotland discusses winter tyres

2 February 2011 – RoadSafe is pleased to learn that transport plans are already being made for next winter. Following the recent...