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10 December 2022

Implementing a winter gritting plan

The cold weather is upon us as we head into mid December. Now is the time to implement your winter gritting plan, here we look at the benefits.

Winter gritting, also known as de-icing, refers to the application of salt or other de-icing chemicals to roads, pavements, and other surfaces to prevent the formation of ice. This is especially important for car parks and pedestrianised footpaths, where snow and ice can create hazardous conditions for pedestrians and vehicles.

There are several benefits to winter gritting, both for individuals and for the public as a whole. Here are a few of the most significant benefits:

  1. Improved safety: The most obvious benefit of winter gritting is that it makes roads, pavements and access areas, and other surfaces safer for people to use. Ice and snow can make it difficult to walk or drive, increasing the risk of falls and accidents. By applying salt or other de-icing chemicals, you can help to prevent the formation of ice and snow, making it easier and safer for people to get around.
  2. Reduced vehicle damage: Ice and snow can also cause damage to vehicles, particularly to the undercarriage and the tires. Driving on icy access roads can be treacherous, and even the slightest slip can cause significant damage to a vehicle. By gritting the access roads and car parks, you can help to prevent ice from forming, reducing the risk of vehicle damage and accidents.
  3. Cost savings: Winter gritting can also help to save money in the long run. Clearing ice and snow from roads and sidewalks can be a labor-intensive and costly process, especially if it has to be done on a regular basis. By applying salt or other de-icing chemicals, you can reduce the amount of labor required to keep roads and sidewalks clear, potentially saving money on labour costs in manually clearing these areas.
  4. Improved accessibility: Winter gritting can also make it easier for people with mobility impairments to get around. Snow and ice can make it difficult for people with wheelchairs, walkers, or other mobility aids to navigate pavements and roads. By gritting the surfaces, you can make it easier for people with mobility impairments to move around, improving accessibility for all.

In conclusion, winter gritting is a valuable practice that can help to improve safety, reduce vehicle damage, save money, and improve accessibility. By applying salt or other de-icing chemicals to car parks, access roads, pavements, and other surfaces, you can help to prevent the formation of ice and snow, making it easier and safer for people to get around during the winter months.

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