Use the POWDERY checklist to ensure you check everything:
PETROL or Diesel – make sure you have enough for your journey and know where to fill up;
OIL– check levels once a month;
WATER – check radiator and screen wash once a month;
DAMAGE – check wiper, lights, etc for signs of wear and tear or damage;
ELECTRICS – check lights, indicators and controls are working properly;
RUBBER – are your tyres well inflated, legal, with good tread and free from damage?
YOURSELF ! – are you well rested and fit to drive? Are you taking any medications that could make it unsafe for you to drive?
Put together a winter emergency kit for your vehicle – you never know when you might need these items:
- Ice scraper and de-icer;
- Torch and spare batteries;
- Warm clothes and blankets – for you and all passengers;
- First aid kit;
- Jump leads;
- A shovel;
- Road atlas (in case your phone or sat nav loses power);
- Sunglasses (low winter sun and glare off snow can be dazzling).
Be informed before you take a journey – check the latest traffic and weather:
- The Highways England website includes the latest traffic reports and maps showing how traffic is flowing on England’s motorways and major A roads. Or keep up to date with the latest on winter driving through the Highways England social media channels @winterhighways ;
- Take weather conditions into account when planning your route. Visit the Met Office website or listen to local radio broadcasts. Conditions can change so check weather updates;
- Always allow extra time in severe weather;
- Listen to warnings or advice and consider whether or not your journey is essential;
- On the move you can still get information by radio broadcasts of overhead messages on motorways.