The following advice is provided by the Met Office, on precautions to take before, during and after heavy snowfall:
Before snow or ice
- If you have to make a journey when snow is forecast, make sure you have the appropriate clothing, food, water, boots, a torch and spade
- Let someone know when you are expected to arrive and the route you will take
- Put grit or cat litter on paths and driveways to lessen the risk of slipping of compacted snow
- Check on vulnerable neighbours
During snow and ice
- Avoid travel if possible
- If you go outside wear several layers of clothing and keep dry to prevent any loss of body heat
After snow and ice
- Be careful when walking on compacted snow - it may have turned to ice
- Take care when shovelling snow. Cold air makes it harder to work and breathe
The Met Office website provides further information on snow and ice.
Driving on roads in winter
When driving on the roads in winter extra care should be taken, see Met Office: Driving in snow and ice
During wintry weather conditions
- Ask yourself - is your journey absolutely essential?
- Check the local and national weather forecast
- Listen to local and national radio for travel information
- Clear your windows and mirrors before you set out and carry a screen scraper and de-icer
If you get into trouble
- On a motorway, it is best to use a roadside emergency telephone, as the breakdown/emergency services will be able to locate you easily. If you have to use a mobile phone, make sure you know your location from the numbers on the marker posts on the side of the hard shoulder
- If you leave your vehicle to get help, make sure other drivers can see you
The Department for Transport website provides further information on snow and ice.