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Winter Travel

How can you help?


If driving conditions are bad - ask yourself if you really need to travel? Consider making your journey by rail or bus. You can obtain free timetables from Traveline 0871 2002233. If you do need to travel in your vehicle please remember:

flood tractor

Never assume a road has been salted

  • Approximately 80% of roads are not routinely salted.
  • Allow extra time for your journey and reduce your speed.
  • When visibility is poor due to rain, fog and snow use dipped headlights - see and be seen.
  • Watch out for cyclists and pedestrians - they can be difficult to see in bad conditions.
  • Try your brakes after going through deep water, braking lightly will help to dry them out.
  • In high winds watch out for sudden gusts and debris on the road.
  • In fog, you think you are travelling slower than you really are - slow down and don't use tail lights of the vehicle in front as a guide.
  • Give snow ploughs and gritters plenty of room - be patient, don't follow closely behind.
  • Don't park where it may block salting routes.


winter stopping distances

Many drivers underestimate the slipperiness of the road, in winter stopping distances become much longer. Remember to slow down and leave more space between you and the vehicle in front.

Consider taking a winter driving skid prevention and control course at the Devon Driver's Centre


  • It takes time for the salt to become effective, if snow has fallen it also needs traffic movement.
  • Showers or rain will wash salt off roads leaving them prone to icing.
  • In very cold weather even salting will not stop ice from forming.
  • Forecasts are not always accurate.
  • It takes over 3 hours to salt the network.
  • When freezing or snow follows rain there may not be enough time to treat all the network before temperatures fall to zero.


snow scenes