Renfrewshire Council

Prepare for journeys

Extreme weather conditions in recent years have caused significant challenges to the transport infrastructure, both locally and nationally. 

Regardless of your method of travel, taking steps to prepare can minimise the impact of any disruption to your journey.

The following basic tips can help you prepare for bad weather affecting your journey:

  • Keep up to date with the latest weather forecasts
  • Consider alternative routes and modes of transport
  • Allow extra time for your journey
  • Tell someone your destination and when you expect to arrive
  • Ensure your mobile phone is charged
  • Wear clothing appropriate to the weather conditions

Public transport

Traveline Scotland provides information on public transport service disruptions and has a planner to help you organise journeys. 

They also have a mobile app providing travel information.

Cycling and walking

When cycling or walking, wearing clothing that ensures you are visible to road users is essential. Bright, and light reflective items will help you to be seen when it is dark. 

Wearing appropriate clothing to the weather conditions will also help your journey.

You should also consider treaded tyres for slippery surface and give your bike a routine maintenance check.

British Cycling has further guidance for those who cycle as part of their commute.


Before you set off on a journey by car there are a number of things you can check to prepare:

  • Check for traffic information. Traffic Scotland( has real time traffic information
  • Ensure tyres are at the appropriate pressure and are in good condition. TyreSafe has information and advice
  • Make sure your bulbs are all clean and working
  • Keep your washer levels topped up and ensure your wiper blades are working
  • Check your fuel level, brake fluid, anti-freeze, water and oil levels
  • Check the terms of your breakdown cover. If you don't have it, consider it.
  • Pack an emergency car kit

Emergency car kits should ideally contain:

  • Torch (either dynamo powered, or with spare batteries
  • A change of clothes, shoes and a blanket
  • Food and water
  • First aid kit
  • Battery jump leads
  • Map
  • During winter months - Ice scraper / De-icer and snow shovel