December 23, 2009 | Mark Paradies

Winter Holiday Driving Tips from IOSH

See the tips here:,_not_panicked.aspx

Here’s a summary of the press release:

  • Driving in severe winter conditions or commuting to work will involve increased risk. Decide first of all if your car journey is really necessary, particularly with technology offering working from home as a solution, or use public transport as an alternative to driving.
  • If you are going to drive in poor winter conditions make sure the vehicle is well maintained. Ensure you have topped up the windscreen wash and that there is enough screen wash liquid to prevent it freezing. Check tyre pressures, oil, coolant and antifreeze levels and top-up if necessary.
  • Think about items it might be useful to have in the car in case of an emergency: a shovel, blanket, some water and food, boots, torch, de-icer and scraper, a couple of old newspapers (to help prevent tyres spinning), hi-vis jacket, mobile phone and map or sat nav to plan an alternative route.
  • If the journey is essential, inform someone where you are going and what time you expect to arrive.
  • It may be better to postpone an early morning journey a short time until the roads have been gritted or dawn has broken.
  • Listen to news and weather reports on the radio prior to and during the journey.
  • While driving be aware of your surroundings so you can report your position should you become stranded.
  • Drive to the road conditions.
  • In the event of being stranded stay in the vehicle and keep the engine running – unless stuck in deep snow where there is a risk of build up of carbon monoxide from exhaust fumes. Use a mobile phone to let someone know where you are stranded.
  • Make your vehicle as visible as possible to emergency services. You can do this by using lights or tying a brightly coloured scarf to the aerial.
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