December 12, 2022

Severe cold weather forecast: Advice from the AA

At CLM, we work in partnership with the AA, breakdown and motoring advice experts, to ensure the safety of our customers’ drivers and fleet vehicles.

In light of the projected weather forecast of severe cold conditions and widespread snow, the AA has issued a statement, along with some useful tips for travelling in severe weather conditions.

What the AA are doing

The AA are predicting an uplift of work and peak driving times reaching +20%. With this is in mind, roadside work will be prioritised. Movements may be deprioritised, and home starts could be affected with potentially longer CTA’s (noting the person is safe and well).

Operational plans

  • All available patrols rosters and overtime invoked.

  • Switching sales and admin function personnel to breakdown call handling.

  • Dynamic ETA scheduling for regions – based on weather for area.
  • Incident management on all priority workload (regional).
  • 4×4 capability across the network.
  • Daily management and forecasting of indoor and outdoor resource.

Advice from the AA

The AA would advise to only travel if necessary. If there is a need to travel, take appropriate precautions for yourselves and ensure the vehicle is in full working order.

Tips and advice for driving in severe weather conditions

Before you set off:

  • Allow extra time for winter journeys.
  • Plan routes around major roads, which are more likely to be cleared and gritted.
  • Try to get up at least 10 minutes earlier to allow time to de-ice the vehicle.
  • Wear comfortable, dry shoes for driving so your feet don’t slip on the pedals.
  • Check fuel and electric levels in case of unexpected delays.
  • Clear all windows using a scraper and de-icer and wait until the windscreen is fully demisted.

Driving on winter roads

  • When using brakes, apply them gently.
  • Driving uphill – leave plenty of room between other cars or wait until it’s clear so you don’t have to stop part way up. Keep a constant speed and try to avoid changing gear on the hill.
  • Driving downhill – slow down before the hill, try to avoid braking. Leave as much room as you can after the car in front.

If you get stuck in snow or ice

  • If you get stuck, straighten the steering and clear the snow from the wheels.
  • Put a sack or old rug in front of the driving wheels to give the tyres some grip.
Contact us

Contact us

For more information on driving tips or to see how CLM can help you with all your company car and van needs, contact us or call us on 01908 210100.
Contact us