Advice for operating in snow and ice

Here's our advice to operators for dealing with snow and ice. HGV drivers can also read our safety tips for driving in snow and ice.

Check the conditions

  • Make sure you keep up to date with changing weather conditions and road closures (see our traffic and weather alerts)
  • Where weather conditions are expected to be severe, consider discussing delivery expectations with customers and proritising deliveries

Make sure your drivers are prepared

Get a grip – look at your options for improving traction and grip

  • Consider introducing a temporary minimum tread depth of 5mm for the duration of the adverse weather
  • Consider the use of winter tyres if you operate in areas commonly affected by snowfall and icy roads. The order of fitment priority is: firstly to drive axles, followed by steered axles and then to remaining axles (such as lift and trailer axles)
  • For periods of prolonged and heavy snow fall, consider the use of snow chains or snow socks. Remember, however, that use of snow chains in the wrong conditions will damage both the tyre and the road surface (for which you will be liable). Always follow manufacturers’ instructions

Drivers' hours

Where the delivery of essential supplies is affected, contact the Member Advice Centre. We can discuss the possibility of a concession on drivers’ hours and working time with the relevant government department.