November 20, 2023

Autumn / Winter Road Preparation

Ranked number 2 on a recent survey*, 50% of Brits agreed that weather conditions such as rain, fog, snow, wind made them feel unsafe on the road.

It’s road safety week this week 19 - 25 November and we’re looking at road safety in preparation for the Autumn / Winter months.

For cyclists, preparation of your bike, your cycling kit and spares is essential during the colder, darker months and our top tips would be to:

Service - has your bike had a recent service? Are you maintaining all moving parts, tyres and lights?

Be Seen - darker months mean checking that you have working lights on your bike, we’d also recommend reflectors and high vis, waterproof clothing.

Cleaning - winter months mean salty roads, be sure to wash your bike regularly to avoid costly repairs from salt damage.

Tyres & Muds Guards - you may want to contemplate changing your tyres and adding mud guards to your bike for additional safety and protection.

Prepare yourself for cold - use layers, gloves, a thermal flask for liquids.

Spares - add more into your spares kit and make sure it’s waterproof, if your saddle bag isn’t waterproof then protect the contents in a smaller plastic bag first.

Remember to always wear your helmet.


When out on the road look properly - the most common contributory factor in fatal cyclist accidents or serious collisions (FSC) with another vehicle is due to a driver or rider failing to look properly.

For drivers:

ensure that your vehicle is winter ready (check tyres / screenwash levels / windscreen wipers)

when travelling make sure that you leave plenty of travel time

leave extra stopping distance between you and other vehicles

for wintery conditions - keep a snow shovel / brush / blanket and any emergency items in your boot for the season

If you’ve been injured in a Road Traffic Accident that wasn’t your fault whether as a cyclist, a driver, passenger or a pedestrian, then please contact Sarah Tagg at Norrie Waite & Slater on 0114 276 6166.

*Uk cycling statistics survey

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