Winter comes early for motorhome visitors to Scotland

Last weekend saw motorhome owners in the north of Scotland face up to the first snows of winter, and with it came advice from one of the UK’s foremost leaders in road safety.

With falling snow greeting campervan half-term tourists in Angus on Saturday and Sunday, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) were quick to remind motorists that their winter driving campaign and its complementary website were on hand especially for drivers unfamiliar with the area.

IAM Chief Examiner, Peter Rodger, said “Avoid travelling unless absolutely necessary, and don’t ignore police warnings or advice to not travel on specific routes. Can you work remotely or change your schedule? If staying in the warmth of home is not an option, the IAM offers the following advice on driving safely through this period. Make sure your windows are clear and that you have all-round visibility before you set off. Take the time to clear your roof and windows of snow. When driving in snow, get your speed right – not too fast that you risk losing control, but not so slow that you risk losing momentum when you need it.”

It is timely advice especially for travellers and tourists from the south. The end of October is a time when many mobile home users visit the forests and glens in Scotland to see the golden colours of autumn at their best. They would be surprised and possibly caught unprepared if they end up seeing just a white carpet of snow. With much of the same forecast for the coming weekend IAM’s winter website and the advice posted on it may come in handy for many owners of motorhome insurance policies.