Before you Travel

  • Check the weather forecast
  • Tell someone what time you are expecting to arrive
  • Charge your phone
  • If the weather is particularly bad, ask yourself – is your journey essential?
  • Is there another way to get there?

 

Check your Vehicle

  • Make sure your wipers and lights are working correctly
  • Check your tyres have plenty of tread depth and are at the correct pressure for your journey
  • REMEMBER ‘POWER’ checks
Petrol / Oil / Water / Electrics / Rubber

Emergency Pack

 

Have an emergency pack in your vehicle containing things such as;

  • Water
  • Food
  • Blanket & warm clothes
  • Hi-vis jacket
  • Ice scraper & de-icer
  • Torch
  • Jump leads
  • Shovel

 

We all know winter weather can be unpredictable, being prepared can be life saving or simply make for a more comfortable journey

 

Windy Weather

  • Watch out for debris on the road
  • Keep back from high sided vehicles
  • Give cyclists space (1.5 metres)

Heavy Rain

  • In wet weather, stopping distances will be at least double than on a dry road. This is because your tyres have less grip
  • If your steering becomes unresponsive, ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually
  • Do not use cruise control

Foggy Conditions

  • Drive slowly and use dipped headlights
  • If visibility is seriously reduced, use your front and rear fog lights, but remember to switch them off when visibility improves
  • Don’t drive too close to the vehicle in front incase they have to suddenly stop

Floods

  • Try to avoid standing water if possible
  • Drive very slowly in first gear but keep the engine speed high
  • Avoid the deepest water, which is usually near the kerb
  • Let approaching cars pass first
  • Test your brakes once you are through the flood water

Icy Conditions

  • It can take ten times longer to stop in icy conditions
  • Use the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin
  • Drive gently & avoid harsh braking and acceleration
  • To brake on ice or snow without locking your wheels, get into a low gear earlier than normal, allow your speed to fall and use the brake pedal very gently
  • Do not use cruise control

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