At Gatwick we are making preparations to reduce the risk of any disruption to our flights. Make sure you do the same.

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By taking a few steps to prepare for the winter, you can make sure that your holiday and journeys to and from the airport are disruption free.

Winter travel tips

Lots of you will be jetting off on sun and ski holidays over the next few weeks. Don't forget that weather conditions when you return may not be the same as when you leave, so if you're parking your car at the airport for a few days, it's a good idea to have a winter kit in your boot.

Get your winter kit ready: the Highways Agency recommends you have an ice scraper, de-icer, jump leads, shovel, blanket, sunglasses (for winter glare from the low sun) and a torch. Keep them in the car – you never know when you might need them.

We've pulled together some advice for winter sports holidays in association with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Driving to and from the airport

Winter can easily be the most challenging time for driving on our roads: it gets dark early and the weather can bring all sorts of hazards – not just snow and ice, but hail, heavy rain, high winds, fog and even flooding.

Plan your journey: check the latest traffic and weather reports and give yourself plenty of time. The Highways Agency provides up to date details of all current and planned road works on their website www.highways.gov.uk/traffic.

  • See and be seen: check windscreen wipers and washers, window demisters and all lights are working correctly.
  • Grip the road: check tyre condition and tread depth. Consider carrying a set of snow tyre covers or winter tyres.
  • Starting in the cold and damp: check battery condition and anti-freeze.

Using public transport

We recommend that you check with your train or bus company to make sure there is no disruption to timetables before setting off. It's always worth allowing extra time for your journey if the weather is very poor.