Bad weather can strike suddenly and severely so the best advice is to stay off the road but if you must drive, make sure you are properly prepared.
Listen to weather forecasts and traffic reports – don’t travel if the police or road service organisations (eg AA, RAC) advise against it.
Always drive safely according to the weather conditions and give yourself time and space – arriving safely should be your aim.
If you get into trouble, stay with your vehicle until help arrives, if possible. If you do have to leave your vehicle, make yourself visible to others.
Remember – your vehicle and road safety are ultimately your responsibility.
Be prepared if wintry weather is forecast
Think about keeping these things in your vehicle:
If you don’t want to go to the expense of buying winter tyres, snow socks are an alternative to get you going on packed snow.
Snow socks are covers that wrap around your driving wheels like a hair net and the fabric sticks to the snow. You'll need to remove them once you're back on clear road, otherwise you'll shred them, but they will get you moving again.
They're worth considering even if you have winter tyres because they can help you get up steep hills.
Snow chains are another option. They do the same job but they can be more fiddly to fit than snow socks and they also need to be removed as soon as you are off the packed snow.