Driving to the airport in cold, icy weather can be a major problem. As a friend pointed out some years ago: “You aren’t only driving for yourself, you have to drive for the other fellows out on the road, too.”
What he meant by that was don’t presume that “the other fellow” can drive as well as you, or has the same hazard recognition skills that you do!
There are some basic things that you can do before you set off on the drive to the airport in wintry weather.
Make sure that you have your car serviced.
Consider having winter tyres fitted to your car in time for the bad weather. Or look out for the new snow socks you can buy for car tyres, these days, or snow chains. One supplier of snow chains for commercial vehicles recently reported that they were running out of stock, so big was their increase in customers!
Ensure you have an emergency kit with you in your car. (Drinks, snack items, like granola or cereal bars, chocolate bars and Kendal Mint Cake, some warm clothing and blankets, a shovel for use in snow and have a fully-charged mobile phone with you that is capable of roaming from network to network.
The Highways Agency have issued the following guidance:
Safe driving in severe weather
– Before you set out, check local and national weather forecasts. Listen to travel bulletins on the radio. Be equipped with warm clothes, food, water, boots, a torch and spade.
– Up-to-date information on road conditions on England’s motorways and trunk roads is available on the Highways Agency website at www.highways.gov.uk/trafficinfo or by calling 08457 504030. For information on weather conditions, visit the Met Office website www.metoffice.gov.uk or check to local media or the Highways Agency’s Traffic Radio service on DAB or www.trafficradio.org.
– It can take ten times longer to stop in icy conditions. Keep your distance. Allow extra room to slow down and stop. Slow down and avoid making any sharp driving movements.
– If the weather becomes severe, don’t drive unless you have to – delay your journey until it improves. Give our winter fleet time to get out & do their job.
Did you know that if you’re planning a holiday during the winter months, APH’s airport car parking service includes an option to ensure your car is in a covered parking space so it doesn’t get snowed in while you’re away? Don’t forget your car needs to have a holiday too while you’re on the beach!