Driving in snow and ice
Snow and ice can make driving dangerous. Follow our top tips to keep safe on the roads this winter.
- Get a winter vehicle check to make sure your vehicle is safe. Many garages now offer free checks.
- Add a low temperature screen wash to the wash bottle and ensure it is kept topped up.
- Check lights and indicators are working.
- Check tyres have a good tread depth (legal minimum 1.6mm).
- Check the battery is in good working order.
- Plan where you will park your car to avoid it getting stuck.
- Let someone know your intended route and expected time of arrival.
- If you have a mobile phone, make sure it is fully charged.
During snow and ice
- Unless your journey is absolutely necessary, stay at home.
- Keep the windscreen and windows clear of snow and ice.
- Allow extra time for your journey and take regular breaks.
- Allow at least ten seconds stopping time between you and the vehicle in front.
- Accelerate, steer and brake more gently.
- Use dipped headlights.
- Avoid high and remote areas where snow conditions may be more severe.
- Take a hot drink, water and food with you.
- Make sure you have a snow shovel, tow bar or other equipment to help if your car gets stuck.
- Gritters work at speeds lower than normal traffic speed, if you are behind one please don't try to overtake.
If you do get into difficulty
- Stay with your vehicle until help arrives.
- If you have to leave your vehicle, make sure you are visible to other road users and let the police know.
- Stay close to the road, don't wander off into remote areas.