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Plan your journey

You can't stop bad weather, but if you have to make a journey in difficult conditions then it pays to be prepared all year round.

Before travelling in bad weather, you should:

  • Consider whether you need to travel right now, or if you can wait until the weather improves
  • Check the weather forecast and road conditions
  • Think about alternative routes and modes of transport
  • Allow extra time for your journey
  • Make sure your car is ready for a journey in poor weatherFully charge your mobile phone
  • Tell someone your destination and when you expect to arrive
  • 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
  • See also Transport Scotland's guidance on driving in bad weather