Driving in wintry conditions

During wintry conditions, motorists should take additional care if out and about, particularly when driving on untreated icy or snowy roads.

People should monitor conditions in their local area as conditions may vary from place to place.

Police would also advise people to dress appropriately for the weather, especially if out on foot, but also if in their car.

Motorists are asked to listen to updates on local radio and check the Northumbria Police and Highways Agency websites for updates.

The following advice should also be followed by motorists:

 

Moderate your speed to match the conditions but try not to brake sharply

 

Maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front - stopping distances are longer on wet or icy roads

 

Ensure you have adequate visibility by clearing front and back windscreens and all windows/wing mirrors before setting off

 

Keep your windscreen washer bottle topped up, preferably with the addition of winter screen wash

 

Clean your headlights front and rear and use dipped headlights when driving in poor visibility, including heavy rain as well as snow

 

Be alert for pedestrians walking on roads when footpaths are too snowy or icy to use

 

An ice scraper and de-icer should be carried for day to day use, whilst other useful items in your car in adverse weather conditions include: a torch, warm clothes or a blanket, boots, a first aid kit, a shovel, a battery, jump leads and a tow rope

 

Food and a warm drink should be taken on longer journeys

 

Advise a friend, colleague or family member of your journey

 

Ensure mobile phones are fully charged before travelling


Useful Links

Highways Agency - Make time for Winter

RoSPA - Winter Driving Tips