Take extra care on roads this winter

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Early morning snow in Waterlooville on Saturday PPP-150102-UO180753005
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Early morning snow in Waterlooville on Saturday PPP-150102-UO180753005

Motorists out and about on West Sussex roads are being reminded to take care and drive to match the conditions this winter.

West Sussex County Council’s gritters have been out to salt over 1,000 miles of road every time the temperature has dropped to keep people safe.

So far this year gritters have salted West Sussex roads on 31 separate runs; salted 31,000 miles of the county’s road network; and used 4,850 tons of salt.

Despite this, no guarantee can be given that treated roads will always be clear of ice or snow.

Cllr Pieter Montyn, county council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “We aim to keep all road users safe whenever they travel along our roads.

“However it must be remembered that salted roads do not guarantee drivers 100 per cent traction in icy conditions.

“It takes time for the salt to become effective after roads are salted.

“Rain can wash salt off roads leaving them prone to re-icing, and in severe cold weather even salt will not prevent roads from icing.”

Pieter added: “If you are up early and driving to work after a freezing night, please take extra care and drive slower than normal.

“It is really important people drive according to the conditions of the road, regardless of whether it has been salted or not.”