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Winter Weather Travel Tips

Follow these simple steps and be prepared for winter.
Birmingham City Council and Amey recommend that you take a few minutes to prepare your vehicle for cold and icy conditions before they occur.

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 in ice and snow takes much longer. Advice on how to drive can be found on any of the motoring organisations websites, such as this from the AA: http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/seasonal/winter_motoring.html .

Other Considerations

  • In times of bad weather consider whether trips are essential before you head out
  • consider whether you can walk, use public transport or 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.

Government advice on clearing snow from road, path or cycleways.

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