Driving in bad weather
- Have you planned your journey?
In severe and wintry weather it's even more important to plan your journey. The Highways Agency provides up to the minute traffic reports for its network of 4,300 miles of motorways and major A roads across England.
Just a few minutes checking information services before you set off can make all the difference to your journey.
The Highways Agency website includes the latest traffic reports, maps showing how the traffic is flowing on England's motorways and major A roads, a traffic flow map, views from CCTV cameras, average speeds and the displays on motorway message signs.
When you're on the road, pay attention to the changing road, traffic and weather conditions. Be ready to slow down and take more care if you need to, particularly on bends and exposed roads. Don't be lulled into a false sense of security - even if you drive every day on the same stretch of road.
Additional information and advice on driving in adverse weather conditions is available in the Highway Code or by visiting the Highways information.
- Updates on the move
If you are away from your computer or have already set out on your journey, there are still lots of ways to get Highways Agency live traffic information.
On overhead message signs - motorway control centres will flash up important travel messages, including warning you of delays and advising of alternative routes. There are also automatic signs telling you how long it will take traffic to reach certain destinations at that time.
On long journeys, consider taking a break at regular intervals - and that's an ideal time to check the traffic conditions on the road ahead.
While you are safely parked, check the latest information via your mobile phone, iPhone or laptop. Never stop on the hard shoulder to do this and never use your mobile phone while driving.
The Highways Agency also has information screens displaying live traffic updates at most motorway service areas.
For more information visit Highways Agency: Winter
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These feeds will help you prepare for your winter journey with timely reminders and traffic updates. There are also regional feeds for live traffic information.
For more information on this service and a full index visit Highways Agency: Twitter
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