We’re advising motorists to think carefully about whether your journeys are necessary and safe if the South West experiences more snow in the next few weeks.
We received up to 15cms of snow in some areas of Avon and Somerset on Friday 18 January, and could potentially see more.
The snow caused road and transport problems from early in the morning on Friday and services worked throughout the day to clear routes and stranded vehicles.
If we experience the same level of snowfall again this winter, we’d encourage motorists to leave their vehicles at home.
If you do have to drive, we have some tips for driving safely on snow and ice:
- Plan ahead – has your usual route been gritted? Are the roads closed?
- Slow down and stay in a high gear
- Brake, steer and change gear as smoothly as possible to avoid skidding
- Make sure your windscreen and lights are completely clear of snow
- Make sure wipers and lights work properly
- Check your tyre pressure and antifreeze levels
- Carry de-icer, food, a hot flask, a blanket, warm clothes and a shovel, just in case!
Think ahead. Tune in to local radio for weather and travel reports, plan your route, leave extra time for your journey and, if you’re in doubt - then don’t set out.
You can find more information on the Highways Agency website www.highways.gov.uk and weather updates on www.metoffice.gov.uk.
Your local authority website will have travel and school information.