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Severe weather can strike at any time - so plan ahead before setting off on your journey. 

Before travelling, check your local and national weather forecast and keep up-to-date with the latest weather warnings. Consider whether you need to travel right now or if you can wait until the weather improves.

For real time traffic information visit Traffic Scotland and for public transport information, check traveline (0871 200 2233).

If you're making a journey and bad weather is forecast, make a travel plan. Here are some top tips:

  • Tune-in to the forecast and Met Office weather warnings.
  • Check the road conditions and think about alternative routes
  • Consider public transport as an alternative
  • Tell someone where you're going and what time you expect to be there or back.
  • Allow extra time for your journey.
  • Fully charge your mobile phone, and take a charger with you.
  • Make sure you have appropriate clothing, equipment and food.
  • Pack an emergency travel kit if you are travelling by car - this will stand you in good stead at any time of year. 
  • In winter, think about getting winter tyres.

If your area is at risk of flooding, remember you should not drive or walk through flood water. Six inches of fast-flowing water can knock over an adult and two feet of water can move a car. If heavy winds are forecast, consider taking alternative transport if you normally cycle. Winds can easily blow you off your bike and cause serious injuries.

Driving in Snow

Cycling and Walking

  • If cycling, ensure you and your bike are visible to other road users.
  • Consider heavier duty tyres to cope with slippery surfaces and get a routine bike maintenance check.
  • Wear clothes that help you be seen on your bike such as bright and light reflective items.
  • Get a good set of mud guards.
  • British Cycling have produced a range of useful 'How to' guides - a number of which will help you prepare for cycling in winter weather.
  • If walking in bad conditions, take the usual sensible precautions - wear appropriate footwear and clothing.
  • Consider getting ice grips to wear over your shoes - this can give you an extra grip in icy conditions.


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