4th Jan 2010
Be ready for severe weather - advice to drivers
Wind and rain, ice and snow – winter can throw the very worst at us. So to help you prepare for travel this season, here’s some helpful advice from the Highways Agency.
For a smoother journey, check your vehicle is ready for winter
Regularly servicing and checking your vehicle is in good running order before setting out, will reduce your chances of breaking down on the road. It’s worth making these checks regularly – and particularly before a long journey:
For peace of mind, always carry an emergency kit
Gather a few items and keep them in your car – just in case. Below are items that should be in your Emergency Kit:
For a safer journey, drive to the road conditions
Even after roads have been treated, driving conditions may remain challenging especially on stretches of road where there’s greater risk of side winds or of ice forming. These include places where: -
Be a smarter driver – check traffic and weather updates
Before you set off, it’s worth taking a few minutes to make sure that there aren’t any problems on your intended route. You can check for live updates as you travel too – but remember not to use your phone while driving.
Remember to take regular breaks from driving – tiredness and loss of concentration are major contributing factors to road accidents.
Think ahead move ahead.