You are responsible for your own safety, your passengers' safety, your vehicle and other road users. You should drive carefully in adverse weather.
There are a number of things you can do to drive more safely during winter:
- in particularly severe weather, consider whether your journey is necessary or could be rearranged
- wherever possible, use main routes which are more likely to have been treated
- allow extra time for your journey
- let someone know your destination and estimated arrival time
- make sure you can see clearly; put your lights on to make sure others can see your vehicle
- be patient with cautious motorists
- follow The Highway Code for driving in adverse weather conditions
We carry out road salting (gritting) to keep road users safe in conditions of snow, ice and frost.
Gritting helps to prevent ice forming and to melt any ice or snow which is already there. However, gritting does not automatically make roads ice-free.
You should consider that:
- only the busiest roads are gritted, most are not, so please drive carefully
- it takes time for salt to take effect
- rain can wash salt off roads
- in very low temperatures, even gritting does not prevent ice from forming
- we do not routinely grit council-owned car parks
See more about our winter services and gritting.