Are you winter ready?

Are you winter ready?


Events such as severe weather, roadworks or traffic accidents can cause disruption as you travel from A to B. That is why it is so important to take steps to either avoid the disruption or minimise the impact of the delay on your journey.

Be Informed

  • Before travelling, check your local and national weather forecast and keep up-to-date with the latest Met Office weather warnings.
  • For real time traffic information, visit Traffic Scotland and for public transport information, check Traveline (0871 200 2233).

Be Prepared

  • If you’re making a journey and bad weather is forecast, make a travel plan.
  • Consider public transport as an alternative.
  • Check to see if there is a better route.
  • Tell someone where you’re going and what time you expect to be there or back.
  • Allow extra time for your journey.
  • Fully charge your mobile phone and take a charger with you.
  • Make sure you have appropriate clothing, equipment and food. This can include biscuits, water, shovel, blanket/sleeping bag etc
  • In winter, think about getting winter tyres.
  • Check your levels especially fuel/water/oil

Your Emergency Contacts

Carrying ICE (In Case of Emergency) contacts on your mobile phone or in your wallet is a great idea. This makes it easier for emergency services or others to quickly identify who to contact in the event of an emergency.

Your Phone

  • 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.

Your Wallet/Purse

  • Write ICE on a piece of card with your emergency contacts’ details on it and carry it in your wallet or purse.

Apps and websites that are useful for your phone.

AA road watch

Calmac follow the link and download the appropriate app for your needs

Western Ferries

Argyll Ferries

Argyll and Bute Council Weather Plans

Ready Scotland smartphone app

Emergency travel kit

For peace of mind always carry an emergency kit in your vehicle. Your emergency kit should include:

  • A first aid kit
  • Battery jump leadsbe_prepared
  • A torch and spare batteries
  • A map for unplanned diversions
  • A blanket
  • A reflective warning sign

In winter you should also take:

  • An ice scraper and de-icer
  • A shovel for snow
  • Warm clothes, boots and a blanket
  • Some food and a warm drink in a flask

In winter you should pay extra attention to planning your journey. Make sure your vehicle’s ready for a journey in poor weather, and consider fitting winter tyres or snow socks to your vehicle.

At any time of year, think about carrying one or more ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact numbers on your mobile phone or in your wallet or purse. This means that if they need to, emergency responders like paramedics can contact people who know you, and potentially get important medical information, as quickly as possible.

If in any doubt do NOT travel!








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