The weather in Scotland is notoriously unpredictable at the best of times and none more so than winter.
It is therefore important that you take some simple steps to ensure you are prepared for winter on Scotland’s roads.
Check the weather forecast and road conditions. If the weather is poor or the road surface is dangerous, consider whether you need to travel right now or if you can wait until the situation improves.
Consider alternate routes and alternative modes of transport and allow extra time for your journey. Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged and let people know where you are going and when you expect to arrive.
It is also important to keep your vehicle well maintained and stocked with essential supplies before you take to the road. Take special care that brakes, tyres, lights, batteries, windscreens and wiper blades are in good condition and well maintained.
Tyres should be checked weekly to ensure they are legal and at the correct pressure (consult your vehicle handbook). Make sure your windows are clean, properly demisted and clear of snow and ice before you drive. Also make sure that your roof is clear of snow as this affects drivers behind you and can also cause obstructions on your windscreen when braking. Be careful with low sun as it can make it difficult to see and a dirty, greasy or damaged windscreen can make this worse.
All lights must be kept clean and clear and be in good working order, including registration plate lights. Consider keeping an emergency kit in your car for severe weather, try to include an ice scraper, shovel and torch.