With the winter months and the difficult road conditions they bring fast approaching, the highway authorities have teamed up with the Met Office to offer assistance to fleet owners and drivers across the UK.
Sophisticated new light commercial vehicles such as Ford Transit vans are already well equipped for dealing with all kinds of tricky surfaces and inclement weather, but this news will still be warmly received by those in the fleet industry who have to drive many miles each year through the snow and ice.
According to the announcement, 2012/13 will see the most detailed advance information yet relating to potentially hazardous conditions on the UK's roads and motorways, although those behind the new system have emphasised that it will still very much be up to the drivers themselves to act on the guidance provided.
The news bulletins that will be given this winter should help to ensure that vans in Dorset and elsewhere remain safe on the road over the colder months.