Weather Tips

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Year Round Essentials
  • Medication
  • Fully charged mobile phone and in car charger
  • Warning triangle
  • Spare bulbs
  • First aid kit
  • Sunglasses: Help with glare from sun or snow
Snow Emergency Car Kit

Everyone should carry a Winter Survival Kit in their car. In an emergency, it could save your life

  • Shovel
  • Ice scraper and de-icer
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Battery powered radio
  • Food and Drink
  • First aid kit
  • Blankets
  • Tow rope
  • Battery jump leads
  • Sunglasses: Help with glare from the snow
  • Carpet / thick cardboard: Place under driven wheels to help traction on ice or snow
Driving in Snow and Ice

Gentle manoeuvres are the key to safe driving - stopping distances are 10 times longer in ice and snow.

Wear comfortable, dry shoes for driving.

Pull away in second gear, easing your foot off the clutch gently to avoid wheel spin.

Up hill - Avoid having to stop part way up.

Down hill - Reduce speed before the hill, use a low gear and try to avoid using the brakes.

Before you go

Get up at least 10 minutes early to give you time to prepare.

Clear all windows using a scraper and de-icer.

Plan routes to favour major roads which are more likely to have been cleared and gritted.

Muddy Car park

If you're going to an outdoor event chances are you'll be parked on a temporary grass car park. If the weather turns bad this will help you.

  • Be patient – Accept it will take time to get out of the car parks (up to several hours at some events) especially on mud you won't be going anywhere in a hurry.
  • Keep moving – Once moving try to maintain momentum, especially if on an incline.
  • The right footwear – Don't drive wearing muddy wellies as your feet could slip on the pedals.
  • Stay on the flat stuff – try to stay out of 'tramlines' created by other vehicles, particularly if they're full of mud.
  • If the car park is gridlocked switch off your engine when appropriate to save fuel.

If you're at one of these events and get into difficulty you can call our dedicated Festival line (0800 072 3642).

Driving in Fog

According to the Highway Code, you must use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced if you cannot see for more than 100 metres (328 feet) or the length of a football pitch.

  • Use dipped headlights at all times along with wipers and demisters.
  • Familiarise yourself with your front and rear fog lights
  • Beware of other drivers not using headlights.
  • Check your mirrors before you slow down.
  • If the road has street lights on, then you probably don't need your fog lights on.
Driving in Floods or heavy rain

Driving in wet conditions can be hazardous, but you have a better chance of staying safe if you prepare for wet weather. Even drivers with local knowledge can be caught out during heavy downpours.

  • If steering becomes unresponsive due to the rain, ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually.
  • Don't try driving through fast-moving water, your car could easily be swept away.
  • Driving fast through standing water is inconsiderate. Driving through water at speeds above a slow crawl can result in water being thrown onto pavements, soaking pedestrians or cyclists. You could face a hefty fine and penalty points.
  • If you break down in heavy rain don't prop the bonnet open while you wait for the patrol to arrive.
  • Do not drive through flood water, driving in floodwater significantly increases risk of drowning. Always obey 'road closed' signs
Flood Advice

General Advice

  • Keep dry and out of flood water
  • Stay in your property, if safe to do so or as advised by the emergency services
  • Remember that flooding is stressful. It is normal to feel anxious or upset. Take care of yourself and your family and check on elderly and vulnerable friends and neighbours.
  • Accidents happen in fast flowing floodwater. Avoid walking in or near floodwater
  • Don’t touch sources of electricity if you are standing in water
  • Avoid contact with floodwater and wash your hands regularly, particularly before handling food or attending to wounds

Evacuation

  • Respond to the instructions from the emergency services - they have your safety in mind
  • Try to stay calm and not panic
  • Be aware that flooding may not have reached its peak
  • Avoid unnecessary contact with water, it may be contaminated