The British weather is famed for being unpredictable. It doesn’t tend to be as severe as warmer or colder climes, but drivers still need to be prepared for all possible conditions.
While keeping an eye on weather forecasts and alerts can be useful, a positive outlook doesn’t guarantee roads will be in good condition or that there won’t be traffic jams (see our page on route planning for guidance about avoiding these). Only vital journeys should go ahead when risky driving conditions are predicted or evident.
If a journey must be taken when conditions are hazardous, only experienced drivers, who have appropriate knowledge and training, in vehicles that won’t be especially vulnerable to the potential hazards (high-sided vehicles can be knocked over by strong winds) should be sent out, equipped with appropriate tools and supplies for an emergency.