Anyone can clear snow and ice from the pavement outside their home or public spaces to prevent slips and falls.
Make sure you don't get caught out when severe weather strikes. Be prepared!
If you're going to be driving over winter, here are some top tips to help prevent you from being caught out:
- Check and service your vehicle
- Top up anti-freeze and screen wash
- Check your wiper blades - replace them when they start to smear.
- Check your battery. Is it fully charged? Is it reliable? Batteries last between two and four years. Consider replacing them.
- Check your tyres. Do you have 3mm of tread? Is the tyre pressure at the manufacturer's recommended level?
- Check your headlamps. Are they clean? Are all the bulbs working?
- Carry an emergency kit. This should include:
- jump leads for the car battery
- warning triangle
- ice scraper and de-icer
- first aid kit
- warm clothes, boots and a blanket
- any medication you need to take regularly
- food and a thermos with a hot drink.
- Plan your journey and check weather and travel advice. Do you need to travel? Can you delay your journey?
- Drive to suit the conditions. On slippery roads, it can take up to ten times longer to stop - reduce your speed and drive carefully, even if roads have been gritted.
- Read: Driving in adverse weather conditions (Highway Code)
- Listen to your local radio station for travel and weather news.
Useful information for travelling in the snow and ice
Get more information on the Highways Agency's website.