Winter motoring advice

Winter Driving Tips

Winter Motoring Advice

This winter to ensure you stay safe and your car remains in good condition, follow these words of winter wisdom:

Emergency kit

Gather together the fol­low­ing items and pack them in your vehi­cle at the start of the win­ter sea­son. You never know when you might need them!

  • Ice scraper and de-icer
  • Warm clothes and blan­kets – for you and all passengers
  • Torch and spare bat­ter­ies – or a wind-up torch
  • Boots
  • First aid kit
  • Jump leads
  • A shovel
  • Road atlas
  • Sun­glasses (the glare off win­ter sun can be dazzling)

In addi­tion, when set­ting out on jour­neys dur­ing the win­ter sea­son remem­ber to take with you:

  • Food and a flask with a hot drink
  • Any med­ica­tion you, or other peo­ple trav­el­ling with you, need to take regularly

Is your car well-prepared?

Check that your vehi­cle is ready for win­ter using the POWDERY check­list as a good reminder:

  • PETROL (or diesel). Have you got enough? Do you know where to fill up?
  • OIL – check lev­els once a month
  • WATER – check radi­a­tor and screen­wash regularly
  • DAMAGE – check wipers, lights etc for signs of wear and tear or dam­age, and make sure wind­screens, win­dows and lights are clear of ice and snow.
  • ELECTRICS – check lights, indi­ca­tors and con­trols are work­ing properly
  • RUBBER TYRES – are they well inflated, legal, with good tread and free from damage?
  • YOU – are you fit to drive? Have you slept well? Are you tak­ing any med­ica­tion that could make it unsafe for you to drive?

If you are planning to travel with pets, ensure that animals are safe and secure, and will not be a distraction to the driver or peo­ple trav­el­ling in your vehi­cle – seek appropriate advice before you travel.

Take a look at our top ten tips to winter-proofing your car

For more tips and to learn more about driving in severe weather, visit the Highways Agency winter advice page.

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