Prepare for winter driving conditions
Take extra care on roads
Darker mornings, evenings and lower temperatures around this time of year make conditions more difficult.
Road surface temperatures are usually a few degrees lower, so drivers should not rely on in-car temperature sensors as an indicator of possible frost or ice.
- slow down
- stay focused and alert
- never ever drink or take drugs and drive
- always wear a seatbelt
In particular, watch out for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders, as they will be much more difficult to see in the dark mornings and evenings.
Remember, you should heed the advice in the Highway Code and drive, ride or cycle with extra care, even if roads have been salted.
You should also be prepared for road conditions changing over short distances, and take care when overtaking gritters.
You should note that:
- a journey could start or end on an untreated section of road
- salt does not act immediately, it needs vehicles to turn it into an effective solution
- roads can refreeze after spreading, particularly in showery conditions
There is more information at this link:
Everyone has a personal responsibility to keep themselves and other road users safe.
The main roads which carry more than 1,500 vehicles a day are salted. In exceptional circumstances, some roads carrying between 1,000 and 1,500 vehicles daily will also be salted.
Arrangements are also in place to get the help of contractors, including farmers, to clear blocked roads following heavy snow.
The following page has more information:
Up-to-date road conditions information
You can get up-to-date information about road conditions during the winter on the TrafficwatchNI website.