You're more likely to break down in a bad winter.
There's more risk of delays too but not necessarily in the way you'd expect. If vehicles ahead lose control – a jack-knifed lorry for example – you won't be able to get through no matter how well equipped your car is with winter tyres. You could face a wait of several hours until the blockage and other traffic ahead has been cleared.
So here's what you need to do this winter to reduce the risk of a breakdown and make sure that you are equipped to deal with the conditions.
As well as the things you should be carrying on every journey regardless of the weather, you should make up a winter emergency kit to keep in the boot – hopefully you won’t need it but you will be very glad it's there if you do.
• Fully-charged mobile phone and in-car charger
• Sunglasses – to deal with glare from the sun or snow
• Personal medication
• Warning triangle
• Spare bulbs
• First aid kit
• Road atlas – in case of diversions
• Sat-nav or printed route for unfamiliar journeys
• Breakdown membership card
• Blanket, rug or sleeping bag
• Bits of carpet or thick cardboard to place under driven wheels to help regain traction on ice or snow
• Salt, sand or cat litter – to help clear snow and ice
• Reflective jacket(s)
• Ice scraper and de-icer
• Torch and batteries
• Tow rope
• Snow chains (if you live in a remote or rural area)
• Battery jump leads
• Bottled water
• Snacks – chocolate or cereal bars
• Extra screen wash
• Warm winter coat, scarf, hat, gloves and warm clothes
• Sturdy boots
• Flask of hot drink