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What are the risks?

Events such as severe weather or traffic accidents can cause disruption and delay as you travel from A to B, and in extreme cases can even leave you stranded in your car. That is why it is important to take steps to either avoid the disruption, or to minimise the impact of the delay on your journey and keep you and those around you safe.

 

What can I do? 

  • During severe weather, consider whether you need to travel right now, or if you can wait until the weather improves
  • Check the weather forecast, and keep up to date with the latest weather warnings and road conditions
  • Make sure your car is ready for a journey in poor weather (such as checking tyre pressure and fuel levels)
  • In winter, think about getting winter tyres or snow socks for your vehicle
  • Pack an emergency kit in your car.

 

The emergency kit could include

a first aid kit

battery jump leads

a torch and spare batteries

a map for unplanned diversions

a blanket

a reflective warning sign.

 

 In cold weather, you should also take:

 an ice scraper and de-icer

a shovel for snow

warm clothes and boots

some food, and a warm drink in a flask

 

  • Carry one or more emergency contact numbers on your mobile phone or in your wallet or purse. This means that if they need to, emergency responders like paramedics can contact people who know you, and potentially get important medical information, as quickly as possible.

 

Before travelling in severe weather

  • Think about alternative routes and modes of transport, and check traffic disruption and public transport routes
  • Tell someone your destination and when you expect to arrive
  • Allow extra time for your journey
  • Take a fully charged mobile and charger with you

 

During the journey

  • Avoid flooded roads: six inches of fast-flowing water can knock over an adult and two feet of water can move a car.
  • Adapt your driving style to the conditions

 

Cycling:

  • Ensure you (and your bike) are visible to other road users, by wearing bright and light reflective clothing
  • Consider heavier duty tyres to cope with slippery surfaces and get a routine bike maintenance check.
  • Get a good set of mud guards.

 

British Cycling have produced a range of useful Ridesmart 'How to' guides - a number of which will help you prepare for cycling in winter weather.

 

 

 

Where can I find out more?

Explore Transport Scotland's guidance on driving in bad weather

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