Drivers urged to prepare for winter

People are being urged to prepare for dangerous driving conditions Credit: ITV Border

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.

Drivers are advised to carry emergency equipment like spades Credit: ITV Border

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