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Winter Weather Travel Tips

Birmingham City Council and Amey asks motorists and businesses to take a few simple steps which will help them 'be prepared' for the onset of winter

Make sure your vehicle is prepared for winter:

  • Check the battery,
  • Put antifreeze in the car,
  • Keep windscreens clean,
  • Make sure window wipers work correctly,
  • Make sure lights are working correctly and your number plate is clean,
  • Check tyres for condition, pressure and depth. At least 3mm is recommended for winter motoring.

Preparing to travel:

  • Start your journey earlier and plan your route,
  • Clear all windows of snow and ice,
  • Consider carrying:
  • Mobile phone and fully charged battery,
  • Bottled water,
  • Snacks,
  • First aid kit,
  • Torch and batteries,
  • Useful telephone numbers,
  • Blankets and warm clothing,
  • Jump leads,
  • Snow shovel,
  • Old sack or rug to put under the wheels if you get stuck.

Driving:

Driving in ice and snow takes much longer. Advice on how to drive can be found on any of the motoring organisations websites.

Other Considerations:

  • In times of bad weather consider whether trips are essential before you head out,
  • Consider whether you can walk / use public transport / car pool / share vehicles with others,
  • Keep petrol levels up in case you get stuck unexpectedly in traffic,
  • Avoid travelling at peak times if you can,
  • Where possible stagger journey times,
  • Restrict your speed,
  • Stick to larger roads but be aware you need to drive carefully even where gritting has occurred.

Gritting Facts and Figures:

  • 1200 km of carriageway is routinely treated by Birmingham City Council/Amey
  • This network is divided into 23 gritting routes
  • A new fleet of gritting vehicles carry out this function.
  • Salt spreading rates are adjusted to suit weather conditions.
  • Each gritter carries 7 tonnes of rock salt
  • Most gritters are fitted with snow ploughs.
  • It takes between 3 and 4 hours to treat the entire priority network
  • Ice is most likely to form at dawn.

Birmingham Newsroom
Information about disruptions to services and school closures due to the weather