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Driving in Ice & Snow

In winter check the local weather forecast for warnings of icy or snowy weather. Snow blue

DO NOT drive in these conditions unless your journey is essential. If it is, take great care and allow more time for your journey.

Take an emergency kit of:

  • de-icer
  • ice scraper
  • torch
  • warm clothing
  • boots
  • first aid kit
  • jump leads
  • shovel

Hightway Code Rule 229 states, before you set off:

  • you MUST be able to see, so clear all snow and ice from all your windows
  • you MUST ensure that lights are clean and number plates are clearly visible and legible
  • make sure the mirrors are clear and the windows are demisted thoroughly
  • remove all snow that might fall off into the path of other road users
  • check your planned route is clear of delays and that no further snowfalls or severe weather are predicted.

Tips for Driving in Winter Conditions

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  • Hail, snow and rain reduce visibility - use dipped headlights and reduce your speed.
  • Remember, when temperatures fail to raise much above freezing point during the day, many roads will remain covered in frost.
  • Never assume the road has been gritted. Be prepared for some isolated sections of road and certain gradients to remain icy when more exposed sections have thawed.
  • Be aware that different road surfaces react differently to severe weather - hail, snow and rain all reduce your visibility.
  • Drive with extra care, adjusting your driving to the weather conditions and allowing extra room/time to slow down and stop.