Top to toe in tailback

When it's cold and dark on the roads, weather conditions are worsening and you still have two hours of traffic between you and home, Roadchef are a beacon of warmth in the winter.

With 30 great locations around the UK, there's always a Roadchef ready to welcome you, wherever you're travelling to. 

Be sure to pop in and grab one of Costa's Quality Street flavoured lattes or McDonald's McCafe Festive range for a winter warmer.

Driving in my car

Those with non-visible disabilities driving home for Christmas and looking for somewhere to stop for a much-needed break on the M4 in Wiltshire should look no further than the award-winning Chippenham Pit Stop.

Located just off Junction 17, the Pit Stop for truckers, the travelling public and the local community has been named by the Road Haulage Association as setting the benchmark when it comes to customer care!

Here visitors can expect a very warm welcome and enjoy wholesome home-cooked food with low-calorie options in a warm and comfortable environment. And for those needing snacks for their onward journey or some supplies, including milk and bread, for when they reach home, the Pit Stop has its own well-stocked Nisa Local Store selling a range of essentials, plus a whole range of locally sourced products and gifts for those last minute purchases.

Red lights all around

With 10 locations across England, you’re never far from an Extra Service Area. Extra service stations are a Sunflower friendly place to rest, provides 24-hour fuel and includes a range of great places to eat and drink such as Sunflower supporters Gregg's the bakers and M&S Simply Food. You'll also find comfortable, affordable hotels at Extra service stations should you need to stop for the night and get some sleep.

Extra are committed to helping people with disabilities, both visible and non-visible, have a comfortable journey. All their staff are ready to support people with special travel needs and people who would appreciate a helping hand.

Why not plot your stops to take a break with our handy journey planner.

Winter road safety

UK weather can be unpredictable. Severe weather conditions can arise when least expected and be dangerous if you’re on the road. Here are a few tips to take into consideration before making a winter journey:

  • Make sure that you check the weather forecast both locally and at your final destination before you embark on your journey
  • Take a coat, warm clothing and water with you
  • Make sure you've topped up the antifreeze in your windscreen washer
  • Keep some de-icer and a scraper in your glove compartment for frosty mornings
  • Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged
  • Allow plenty of time to get to your destination
  • Take a break at one of our Sunflower friendly pit stops mentioned above
  • Order one of our Sunflower magnets or stickers for your vehicle.

Take the Sunflower with you on your seasonal journey

We've teamed up with National Highways, who manage England’s motorways and major A-roads, to create a free Sunflower for your vehicle.

In many ways someone’s impairment is always invisible when they're in a vehicle. So anyone with an impairment, hidden or visible, can display the Sunflower on their mode of transport.

The Sunflower indicates to roadside and emergency services in England that you, or someone in your vehicle, has an impairment which may not be visible. In the event that you breakdown or are involved in an accident, when a National Highways traffic officer sees the Sunflower, they’ll ask about what support you may need to help keep you safe.

The Sunflower for your vehicle is free to road users in England. Order yours here.