Winter driving advice

Before winter


  • Your vehicle is well maintained
  • Tyres including the spare are in good condition
  • Your cooling system is topped up with anti freeze
  • The battery works well
  • You have a screen scraper and de-icer in the car
  • Windscreen wipers and washers are working properly
  • Your screen washer bottle is topped up with water, treated with a screen wash to prevent it freezing

Before driving


  • Your lights are clean and working properly
  • All your windows and mirrors are clean and clear of frost, snow and mist
  • Your route to avoid travelling on un-gritted roads
  • Local weather information to see if it is safe to drive

Ask yourself:

  • Is your journey necessary?
  • Have you checked the weather forecast?
  • Have you told someone where you are going and when you expect to arrive?
  • Have you taken warm clothing, hot drinks, food, torch and a shovel?

When driving

  • Drive more slowly both on gritted roads and un-gritted roads
  • Take particular care at junctions and corners
  • Use dipped headlights if you can't see clearly
  • Drive in the highest gear possible - that's the lowest possible revs
  • Avoid braking or accelerating harshly
  • Keep well away from the car in front - stopping distance will be 10 times longer than usual in snow or ice
  • Keep a good look out for children and cyclists
  • Don't obstruct gritting vehicles

If you do get caught in snow

  • Stay with your vehicle until help arrives
  • Make yourself and your vehicle visible to other motorists
  • If you do have to leave your vehicle, give your details to the local police

Visit to find out more information on winter driving

Contact Us

Highways and Engineering PO Box 700 Wakefield One Burton Street Wakefield WF1 2EB

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