Driving In Rain, Wind & Snow

The Scottish weather can be testing for drivers and extra care should be taken when driving in hazardous conditions such as wind, rain and snow.


We frequently have Yellow Weather Warning has been issued warning of heavy rain and localised flooding. With all weather conditions it’s important to prepare for whatever Mother Nature throws at us.


Particular care should be taken during high winds when:
  • Crossing high exposed bridges
  • Approaching vehicles towing caravans or trailers
  • Passing long and heavy load vehicles including lorries or trucks
  • Using top or roof boxes
  • Debris on the road


  • Use dipped headlights to ensure other drivers can see you more easily
  • Spray from other vehicles reduce visibility therefore extra care should be taken when approaching or passing other vehicles
  • Increase stopping distance, reduce speed and increase the gap between other vehicles
  • Plan your route and check the local news for road closures and flooding.
  • If you break down keep the bonnet closed while waiting for recovery to avoid the electrical system getting wet
  • Slow down. Road surface water and speed can result in aquaplaning. To regain control of the vehicle, reduce your speed by easing off the accelerator – do not brake
  • Do not drive fast through flooding as it can cause serious and expensive damage, cars are not yet waterproof.
  • Be considerate to other road users and try not to spray pedestrians and cyclists as you drive through water

Snow & Ice

  • Tyres should have adequate tread – poor tyres will not grip. You may wish to consider changing to winter tyres with deeper tread
  • After snowfall, properly clear windows, mirrors and roof
  • A screenwash should protect down to temperatures of -35 to prevent water from freezing
  • Never use hot or boiling water to defrost the outside of a vehicle. De-icer, a scraper and allowing enough time is recommended
  • Be prepared for every eventuality by ensuring that you have the following in your car: a torch, spare screenwash, de-icer, ice scraper, blanket, shovel, phone charger, map and a square of carpet that you can use to put under your drive wheels should you get stuck in the snow
  • Leaving up to 10 times the recommended gap between you and the vehicle in front is advised during icy conditions
  • When moving off consider using a higher gear or any winter driving assisted controls the vehicle may have
  • Steer gently into a skid. Do not apply brakes sharply and keep control of the vehicle by keeping both hands on the steering wheel