Winter can cause havoc on British roads as drivers struggle to cope with wet, icy and cold conditions, and even snow in some parts of the country; however, you can minimise the disruption that bad weather can cause by following these five top tips.

Be prepared

Put together a simple winter driving kit that you can keep in the boot of your car. Make sure you have a de-icer, an ice scraper, a blanket, and chargers for your satnav and mobile phone.

You might also want to keep a pair of sunglass to hand to cope with the low winter sun, along with the glare from ice and snow, and carry a change of shoes so you don’t need to drive in slippery, bulky winter boots. Read more about your in-car safety kit on the AA website.

Slow down

Snow and ice will reduce traction; therefore, it is essential to slow down when you drive. If you get stuck, don’t sit there spinning the wheels. This will just dig you in further; instead, use a rug or sprinkle gravel or salt to help you get moving.

Maintain visibility

Make sure all your lights are working and think about keeping spare bulbs in your car. It is also important to clear your windscreen completely of ice and snow. Cleaning your number plates and lights is also essential in wintery conditions.

Battery care

Your car battery will not be as efficient during cold weather; however, this is the time you need it the most, as you rely on the likes of heaters, wipers and lights to keep you safe and comfortable. This is why you need to take care of your battery and buy a new one from a supplier such as if it is past its best.

Remember that your battery will need a long drive to charge properly. You might need to charge it yourself if you are only doing short journeys and don’t want to risk it going flat.

Don’t risk it

If the weather is terrible or you don’t feel confident driving, simply don’t do it. Stick to essential journeys only if you are in any doubt about your safety, and that of other road users. If you need to get somewhere, consider alternatives methods of transport.