Before travelling in bad weather, you should:
- think about whether you need to travel right now, or if you can wait until the weather improves
- check the weather forecast and road conditions
- think about using alternative routes and types of transport
- allow extra time for your journey
- fully charge your mobile phone
- tell someone your destination and when you expect to arrive
- make sure you have appropriate clothing, equipment and food
Driving and public transport
- make sure your car is fully serviced and ready for a journey in bad weather as it may take longer than expected
- pack an emergency travel kit
- in winter, think about getting winter tyres
- check road conditions on the Traffic Scotland website
If taking public transportation
Check the Traveline Scotland website or call 0871 200 22 33 for 24 hour information (calls cost 12p per minute).
Cycling or walking
- make sure you and your bike are visible – use bright and light reflective clothing and accessories
- consider heavy duty tyres to cope with slippery surfaces
- get a bike maintenance check regularly
- get a good set of mud guards
Find cycling advice on the British Cycling website.
- wear appropriate footwear and clothing
- consider getting ice grips to wear over your shoes
If hill walking:
- check the local weather forecast as conditions can change suddenly
- the Mountain Weather Information Service offers localised weather reports
- have the correct safety equipment
- tell someone where you are going, what your route is and how long you expect to be out
- check the Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) website for information on potentially hazardous areas
- consider joining a hill walking or mountaineering club
Your emergency contacts
Carry 'In Case of Emergency' (ICE) contacts on your mobile phone or in your wallet. This makes it easier for emergency services or others to quickly identify who to contact in the event of an emergency.
- Include the word ICE and a contact number as part of the phone lock screen. This way anyone can pick up your phone and quickly see the contact number.
- Include your ICE contact in your phone address book.
- Write ICE on a piece of card with your emergency contacts' details and carry it in your wallet or purse.
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