Winter weather

Page updated on: 07/05/2019

Before setting out on your journey, think about how severe weather could impact on you. Being prepared only takes a few simple steps. See Road Safety Wales guidance on driving in bad weather on driving in bad weather.

If you are planning to use your own transport:

  • check the weather weather forecast and road conditions consider public transport as an alternative
  • think about alternative routes
  • consider alternative modes of transport
  • allow extra time for your journey
  • tell someone where you're going and what time you expect to be there or back
  • make sure your car is ready for a journey in poor weather
  • fully charge your mobile phone
  • tell someone your destination and when you expect to arrive
  • consider fitting winter tyres to your vehicle

In severe weather conditions your journey could take longer than expected. Be prepared by packing a few essential items to take with you.

Your emergency kit should at least include:

  • An ice scraper and de-icer
  • A shovel for snow
  • A torch and spare batteries
  • Warm clothes, boots and a blanket
  • Some food and a warm drink in a flask
  • A first aid kit
  • Battery jump leads
  • A map for any unplanned diversions

If you are travelling on public transport check out Traveline (0871 200 22 33) to see if there are any delays or disruptions to services. Dress for the outdoor conditions. Have a means of contacting your family. For a long journey, carry a small snack and some water if possible. There is additional information to help you, your business and your community plan for severe weather on the Met Office website.