Before you take to the road
Published Wednesday, 19 October 2011
Today we’ve some general advice about travelling in winter conditions.
In severe weather, the first thing to do is ask yourself 'is this journey really necessary?' Check the internet or local radio for the latest weather and travel information - two good sites are Traveline Scotland and BBC travel news - Glasgow and West Scotland.
You can also follow @SLCRoads on Twitter for regular weather updates from the service the council uses to plan its gritting.
Look after your car and it will look after you
Before winter sets in you should:
- replace the battery if it's not reliable
- replace tyres if they have reached the legal minimum
- check and replace the anti-freeze in your car's radiator
Before you travel
Before you set out you should:
- make sure you have plenty of fuel
- check your oil level
- make sure your tyres are correctly inflated
- make sure your windscreen is clean and screenwash is topped up with winter screen wash
- check your lights are clean and the bulbs are OK
Kit out your car for winter
You should always carry:
- an ice scraper
- a torch and spare batteries
- warm clothes and a blanket
- a first aid kit
- jump leads
- a shovel
- a reflective warning sign
- sunglasses for the low winter sun
- never use water to defrost your windscreen
- keep well topped up on fuel during the winter months
Chair of South Lanarkshire Council's Enterprise Resources Committee, Councillor Chris Thompson, said: "It's extremely important all drivers take note of our tips - in this country the weather can rapidly deteriorate which means you could find yourself in very different conditions from when you set off.
"Make sure your car is ready for winter and is carrying the appropriate equipment for severe weather."