Highways England prepared for winter weather

Highways England prepared for winter weather

England's roads are ready for whatever the winter weather throws at them, the Government has said.

Highways England has a winter contingency plan in place should the cold temperatures lead to ice and snow, as predicted.

Around 1.7 million tonnes of salt are waiting to be used, including emergency salt reserves held at key locations across the country.

More than 400 gritters are also on standby to start spreading salt when temperatures are forecast to fall below freezing.

When operating a full capacity, Highways England gritter drivers are able to spread salt on every metre of motorway every three hours.

Driving in icy and snowy conditions poses a number of problems for drivers. It is important to accelerate gently, use low revs and change up to a higher gear as quickly as possible. Moving off in second gear is also recommended to help reduce wheel slip.

In areas of the country where snow is common it is worth changing to winter tyres with deeper tread.

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