Take a look at the Police Scotland website for local travel advice.
The Transport Scotland website will keep you up to take with issues across the country and the Met Office has the latest weather information. To keep up to date with the latest train information go to Scotrail.
Driving during the Winter
Now that the winter months are upon us again, Police Scotland is asking drivers to make sure their vehicles are fit and ready for the colder weather and darker mornings and nights. Drivers should carry out a ‘POWER’ check on their vehicle:
Petrol - to ensure there is enough fuel for the journey
Oil - to ensure oil levels are correct
Water - to make sure your radiator and windscreen wash is topped up
Electrics - to check vehicle headlights, rear lights, indicators and power steering
Rubber - to check tread depth and pressures regularly.
The Ready Scotland Website also has a leaflet which gives you some tips.Police Scotland has produced a short video showing drivers how to make simple checks on their vehicles, and giving advice on safe winter driving. The film features sergeant Debbie Allan and constable Fraser Cameron from the Police Scotland Road Policing Unit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTINPHGD9DA
Here's a video from the Scottish Government about driving during severe weather:
Further tips on driving in hazardous road conditions
Driving in wet weather:
Rain reduces your ability to see and greatly increases the distance required to slow down and stop. Remember that you will need about TWICE your normal breaking distance. Here are some tips for safer driving in wet weather:
- Double the distance you leave between your car and the car in front of you, to account for greater stopping distances.
- Use dipped headlights so that other drivers can see you more easily.
- Drive at the speed you feel most comfortable with given the current weather conditions. By reducing your speed, you’ll have more time to react if another car loses control or you encounter a huge puddle.
Heavy rain can leave large sections of road surfaces covered by water, some of it surprisingly deep. It’s easy to lose control of your car if you drive into deep water too quickly. Beware of hydroplaning, which is when your vehicle travels on top of the water and has no, or very little, contact with the road. When this happens the best thing to do is to keep calm, take your foot off the gas and then steer straight in the direction you want to go.
Winter sun can be very hazardous to your driving vision. Once up the sun is low and causes a glare on the road, which especially when combined with wet roads, makes it very difficult for drivers to see pedestrians and other traffic. Always make sure that your windscreen is clean both inside and out and also always carry a pair of sunglasses in your car with you – they are not just for summer!
Fog not only takes away a lot of what you would normally be able to see, it also distorts what you can see, making it difficult to assess speed and distance. When driving in fog:
- Slow down and maintain a longer gap between you and the car in front.
- Always use dipped headlights when it's foggy. Your side lights may not be seen, and your main beam will dazzle oncoming traffic and could reflect back off the fog, impairing your own visibility.
- If the fog is thick and visibility is less than 100 metres, you can use your front and/or rear foglights. But don't forget to turn them off when the fog clears.