Drivers are being urged to prepare for dangerous driving conditions this winter, after research carried out by the Highways Agency showed that almost half of all drivers ignore severe weather warnings.
The study also found that 29% of drivers do nothing to prepare their car for winter, which they say could put themselves and others at risk.
The 'Make Time For Winter' campaign is encouraging drivers to prepare for winter journeys which could be affected by poor weather.
– Stephen Hammond, Roads Minister
"Drivers need to make sure they and their vehicles are ready for severe weather. Vehicles are much more prone to break down as temperatures plummet and a routine incident or breakdown can become much more serious in severe weather.
“Any broken down vehicles can have a big impact on our motorways and trunk roads, making it harder for road salting vehicles and snow ploughs to operate. As well as putting the driver and passengers at risk, it takes longer to clear the roads and causes delays for everyone else.
“It’s important drivers take a few minutes to check their vehicles, plan their journeys, check the weather forecast and carry an emergency kit. In the most severe weather, they should even consider whether their journey is really necessary before they set out.”
Drivers can take simple steps to help prepare themselves and their cars for winter weather:
- Check your vehicle – fuel and fluid levels, electrics and tyres – before setting out.
- Be prepared with an emergency kit in your vehicle, including warm clothes, food, water, boots, a torch, a spade, and any regular medication
- Listen to travel bulletins on the radio.
- If the weather is severe, consider whether your journey is essential or travel at a different time.
- Remember that even when roads have been treated with salt, the local road layout or landscape can mean a greater risk of ice forming, such as on bends or under overhanging trees