Another harsh winter has been forecast – and the Highways Agency is urging road-users to make sure they are prepared.
In the event of severe weather, consider whether your journey is essential. But, if you need to travel there are some simple steps that can reduce the risk of being caught out:
• Be informed – just a few minutes checking the weather forecast and traffic reports for your journey could make all the difference
• Be prepared – check your vehicle is ready for winter too – and carry an emergency kit
• Be aware – give the Highways Agency time to do their job – by planning your journey around the weather it allow their crews the time and space they need to get ahead of you and keep the network clear for you
• Be wise – conditions may change, drive with care.
Remember, it's not only snow and ice that can affect journeys during the winter season, but strong winds, heavy rain, and thick fog too! For more information on the Agency's winter campaign, its journey planning and information services, and a list of items to carry in your emergency kit, visit the Highways Agency's website at: www.highways.gov.uk/winter
(The Highways Agency is responsible for the road network in England, but their winter journey advice is useful, wherever you are in the UK).
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