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Winter service preparation

Carrying out of winter service starts from the 15 November of the current year to 15 March of the following year, that is, during the period when normal traffic is at risk due to winter conditions (snow, glazed frost, low temperatures, etc.). During this period drivers can only set off using vehicles with mandatory winter tires. The latter equipment is mandatory also in case winter circumstances occur before the 15 November or persist after 15 March.

Before driving, drivers must make sure that there is not any snow, ice, water or other substances which could affect vehicles' characteristics during driving. Vehicle glass and rear-view mirrors must be cleaned.

“”   The drivers can greatly contribute to better serviceability of roads during winter as well as to savings on the use of spreading materials, maintenance and safety of roads, vehicles and environment using adequate winter equipment and by being tolerant.

The driver must immediately remove the vehicle in case the vehicle without any compulsory equipment stops on the road and it blocks traffic. 

Public notifications on the state and serviceability of motorways and highways

Drivers receive notifications on the state and serviceability of motorways and highways during winter and in other periods via:
  • the Traffic Information Centre for Public Roads (PIC), the most recent information is accessible through the web portal,
  • through media and variable-message signs (portals) on motorway sections which are more complex with respect to traffic safety,
  • via the call centre and on direct speed dial 1970 and on mobile phones using the portal.
Public road users can inform about the extraordinary events occurring on roads using the free telephone number 080/22-44 (by selecting number 6) and thus contribute to better driver awareness.

The users can view the current road situation via 210 cameras, or at

Driving advice in winter conditions and during winter:
  • reduce the speed of the vehicle and adapt it to the situation and state of the carriageway,
  • increase the safety distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you;
  • brake softly and, if required, gradually by softly pressing the brake pedal multiple times;
  • do not suddenly shift direction of driving because any such action can cause the vehicle to skid. Similar advice holds good in cases of sudden moving off;
  • it is very important for you to select the adequate gear ratio because too little drive wheel power from powertrain can reduce efficient vehicle steering not allowing you to make required changes to the direction of driving, or, if the power is too great, it can cause the drive wheels to slip, consequently causing the vehicle to drift or slip;
  • you should drive as evenly as possible without too much acceleration or sudden reduction in speed;
  • pay special attention to any exposed parts of the road where glazed frost can appear;
  • take into account that the journey will take longer so it is recommended that you head from home earlier than usual;
  • be composed during driving and most off all tolerant to other participants in traffic; driving culture, ethics and solidarity are especially important under such circumstances.
Vehicle preparation for winter and taking care of it in winter conditions:

There is also a number of other devices and equipment which the driver has to occasionally check and check them on time and carefully before winter:
  • battery - check, clean and lubricate cable connectors and check the level of the electrolyte in cells;
  • cooling system – check the density, level and resistance of the antifreeze coolant;
  • vehicle air intake system – it is recommended that you check whether any particles are in the system (foreign matter or dried leaves);
  • interior heater – check efficiency of heating, demisting and defogging of glass;
  • exhaust extraction device – check sealing due to hazard of gas evaporation to the vehicle’s interior;
  • motor oil- the level of oil must always be between both marks (max - min) on the dipstick;
  • windscreen washer system – check the quantity of water in the pan and add adequate quantity of antifreeze –note, while driving the temperature falls even more, so do not try to save on its usage;
  • wiper blades – check their wear and replace them if needed;
  • state and tension of belts which provide rotation of the alternator, coolant pump and other devices;
  • fuel system – for diesel engine vehicles it is recommended that you check and if needed clean or replace the fuel filter;
  • efficiency of glow plugs in diesel engines, which must heat motor combustion chambers at low temperature;
  • door seals – if you occasionally grease them up with glycerine, the doors will not freeze despite the humidity in cold days;
  • door and trunk locks – occasionally spray some WD 40 or similar penetrating anticorrosion lubricant to prevent the locks from freezing, after washing at temperatures below 0°C, and if required re-grease the locks and seals;
  • at least 50% of fuel should be in vehicle tank during winter or in winter conditions so that the vehicle interior is heated when you are in a traffic jam and any problems with supply occur;
  • keep the gloves, blanket, ice scraper and a small snow shovel in your vehicle;
  • tyres – wear, any damages and pressure, check the latter more often when temperatures fall considerably; in case of uneven front and rear tyre wear take into account that tyres with deeper profile must always be on the rear axis;
  • car drivers who are caught unprepared in adverse weather conditions should remove from the traffic on their own; in particular on descending road sections, where one stopped vehicle often causes the traffic to come to a standstill.


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