Gritters out as winter weather hits Lincolnshire
Gritters will be out this weekend, as bad weather conditions are expected to hit the county.
The Met Office have issued a weather warning of snow and ice for Saturday and Sunday.
Our gritters are ready with 23,600 tonnes of salt in stock, and a further 5,000 tonnes to arrive in the near future. During the bad winter of 2009/10 we used 34,000 tonnes in total so we are well equipped to treat Lincolnshires roads.
Motorists however are reminded to drive to the conditions, to take care even on treated roads and to allow plenty of time for their journeys.
You can keep track of our gritters throughout the weekend via our Gritter Twitter at the following link @LincsCC_Winter
Here is a check list you should consider before driving in any bad weather conditions:
- local and national radio for travel information and weather forecasts allowing extra time for your journey if necessary
- the gritting routes map to avoid travelling on untreated roads
- all lights are clean and working properly
- all windows and mirrors are clear from frost and snow and are clean
- is your journey essential?
- have you checked the weather forecast and road conditions and carefully considered the advice given?
- have you a full fuel tank?
- does anybody know where you are going and when you hope to arrive?
- would taking warm clothing, hot drinks, food, wellingtons, a torch and shovel be a wise precaution?
- are travelling with care on both treated and untreated roads and reduce speed accordingly
- take particular care when leaving or joining untreated roads at junctions
- are you using dipped headlights in poor visibility and snow
- are driving in the highest gear possible and avoid harsh breaking and acceleration
- are maintaining a safe stopping distance behind other vehicles bearing in mind the prevailing conditions
- are keeping a careful watch on other road users and especially cyclists and children
- are not obstructing winter maintenance vehicles as they treat the roads
- stay with your vehicle if possible until help arrives
- if you do have to leave your vehicle make yourself visible to other road users
- if you are forced to abandon your vehicle give the local police the details
Further information about gritting can be found at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/grittingfaqs