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Winter awareness

Planning your journey

Before you take to the road:

  • Be aware of the weather forecast and any travel difficulties being experienced
  • The weather forecast is available from local radio or TV stations or you could check the Met Office website. The Council's current forecast is also available. In particular listen for any severe weather warnings being issued by the Met Office.
  • Travel information is available via Traveline Scotland and Traffic Scotland
  • If the weather is bad or traffic conditions are difficult ask yourself whether your journey is really necessary and consider public transport as an alternative

If you are going to travel in a vehicle:

  • Make sure you have plenty of fuel
  • Check your oil level
  • Make sure your tyres are correctly inflated
  • Make sure your wipers are in good condition and that you have plenty of screenwash
  • Check your lights are clean and working
  • Think about alternative routes
  • Allow extra time for your journey
  • Make sure your mobile is fully charged
  • If the weather is severe, let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back

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Councillor Chris Thompson, the chair of the council's Enterprise Resources Committee, said: "In this day and age there are a number of ways people can keep up to date with the latest information about the weather.

""Radio, TV, social media and the internet are all useful ways to keep up to date.

"Listen to the advice being given, and follow our tips on deciding whether to travel and what you should do to prepare a vehicle."