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Driving in bad weather
A safer, less stressful journey
There are lots of simple things that you can do to make your journey safer and less stressful during severe weather such as checking your route for delays before you set out, taking an alternative route if you need to, taking an emergency kit and adapting your driving style to the conditions.
When freezing temperatures are forecast, you’ll see our winter fleet out and about treating the roads with salt. Despite the high level of service provided, sudden weather changes occur and motorists should be aware that access to the road network may not always be possible. For up-to-the-minute traffic information visit www.trafficscotland.org or download the Traffic Scotland mobile apps.
You can also listen to Traffic Scotland Radio or call the Traffic Customer Care Line on 0800 028 1414. Keep a close eye on weather information specific to your journey by using the Met Office website. The Met Office issue warnings for rain, snow, wind, fog and ice based on the likelihood and potential impact of conditions.
Each warning has a colour:
- Red (take action)
- Amber (be prepared)
- Yellow (be aware)