The Highways Agency is encouraging all drivers to prepare for winter journeys with the launch of their ‘Make Time for Winter’ campaign.
Roads Minister Stephen Hammond said: “Drivers need to make sure they and their vehicles are ready for severe weather. Vehicles are much more prone to break down as temperatures plummet and a routine incident or breakdown can become much more serious in severe weather.
“Any broken down vehicles can have a big impact on our motorways and trunk roads, making it harder for road salting vehicles and snow ploughs to operate. As well as putting the driver and passengers at risk, it takes longer to clear the roads and causes delays for everyone else.”
Although The Highways Agency is well prepared and has over 500 winter vehicles such as salt spreaders, ploughs and snow blowers on standby at over 100 depots, the Agency is strongly encouraging drivers to take come simple steps themselves to help keep traffic moving in poor weather conditions by using the POWDERY checklist as a good reminder:
PETROL (or diesel). Have you got enough? Do you know where to fill up?
OIL - check levels once a month
WATER - check radiator and screen-wash regularly
DAMAGE - check wipers, lights etc for signs of wear and tear or damage, and make sure windscreens, windows and lights are clear of ice and snow.
ELECTRICS - check lights, indicators and controls are working properly
RUBBER TYRES - are they well inflated, legal, with good tread and free from damage?
YOU - are you fit to drive? Have you slept well? Are you taking any medication(s) that could make it unsafe for you to drive?
You can use the Highways Agency’s information services to check for delays on the major roads. They work closely with the Met Office, to provide you with the latest information on weather conditions too.
Source: HGVUK/The Highways Agency