Gritter in winter

How you can avoid winter driving problems

It is important to prepare your car for the winter weather and be aware of the change in road conditions. Cold weather can cause problems with your vehicle, so it’s good to do some simple checks before driving.

Before heading out in your car, remember to check:

  • Your tyres are at the correct pressures and have at least 3mm of tread (legal minimum is 1.6mm)
  • Your vehicle lights are working
  • Your wiper blades are effective and winter windscreen wash topped up
  • Your battery is in good condition and fully charged
  • Your anti-freeze is at the right concentration (your garage can do this for you)
  • Your windows and mirrors are clear of snow, ice or condensation


At this time of year, there can be an increase in general degradation and potholes on roads across the country. Repeated freezing and thawing of water on the road surface during winter months can cause the condition of roads to deteriorate in isolated areas.

How do potholes form?

  • Cracks develop in the road from heavy traffic
  • Water seeps into cracks below the surface
  • Water freezes beneath the road and expands, making cracks bigger
  • Vehicle movement causes cracks to collapse, forming a pothole

Report a pothole or damaged road surface.

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