Travelling in severe weather
In severe weather conditions, your journey could take longer than expected. The Highways Agency looks after England’s motorways and major A roads, local authorities look after all the other roads.
You need to take even more care driving on minor roads, as not every road can be treated. Even where they have been treated it’s not the same as driving on a clear, dry road in the summer.
Before travelling in bad weather, you should:
- Check the weather forecast and road conditions
- Consider whether you need to travel right now or if you can wait until the weather improves
- Consider alternative routes
- Consider alternative modes of transport
- Allow extra time for your journey
- Make sure your car is ready for a journey in poor weather
- Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged
- Set your car radio to auto travel bulletins
- Tell someone your destination and when you expect to arrive