Winter driving

Snow and ice can provide tricky driving conditions.  In severe snow conditions, we advise that you only make a journey if it is necessary.

But if you do travel, please take care and consider the following advice.

Before you travel

  • Check the weather forecast.
  • Make sure you have warm clothing, food, wellington boots, a torch, a shovel and reflective clothing.
  • Plan your route.  Keep to the main roads and/or routes that have been gritted.  Check the Lincolnshire County Council website.
  • Check your lights are clean and working properly.
  • Check you have enough screen washer fluid.
  • Clear all your windows and mirrors of frost.  In heavy snow, clear your whole vehicle, not just the windows.
  • Check that you have plenty of fuel.
  • Let someone know where you are going and what time you expect to arrive.

When driving

  • Keep to main roads.
  • Drive slowly.
  • Use dipped headlights in poor visibility or snow.
  • Drive in as high a gear as possible.
  • Avoid harsh accelerating or braking.
  • Take care when approaching junctions.
  • Keep a safe distance behind other vehicles.
  • Keep a careful watch on other road users, particularly cyclists and children.

If you get into trouble

  • Stay with your vehicles until help arrive.
  • Put your hazard lights on to warn other road users.
  • If you have to leave your vehicle, be visible to other road users.
  • If you are forced to abandon your vehicle call us immediately to provide details of your vehicle.

Report it

Call us on 101 if you have abandoned your vehicle in severe weather conditions.

If you have had an accident and are in immediate danger, call us on 999.

More help and support

For more comprehensive winter driving advice, visit the AA website

The AA

Lincolnshire County Council road management and maintenance

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