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Annual gritting season gets underway

The gritting vehicles have been tested, the drivers trained and the first gritting run has already taken place to keep motorists moving in North East Lincolnshire.

North East Lincolnshire Council and ENGIE have been gearing up over the last few months ready for winter.

In the coming weeks, as the final deliveries take place, around 3,000 tonnes of salt will be stored for the upcoming season.

Winter prep you can do

As the colder weather arrives, you can do your bit and check your vehicle is safe and ready for winter.

Now is a good time to top-up on screen wash, make sure there is the correct amount of tread on your tyres and they are inflated properly.

Top up anti-freeze and don’t forget to carry emergency supplies like food, drink and warm clothing.

How can you help ensure the gritters keep North East Lincolnshire’s roads moving?

  • Pull over in a safe location if a gritter is coming up behind you and allow them to pass
  • Check the local and regional weather forecasts before travelling
  • Park your car on your drive or pull up as close to the kerb as possible to allow the gritters to pass safely and with unrestricted access.

In the event of severe weather, there are some really simple things you can do to make winter easier for everyone:

  • Check on relatives and neighbours – especially those that are older or vulnerable
  • Only use your car if absolutely necessary, and try to stick to main roads
  • Keep an eye on social media for advice and weather updates from the local authority and the Met Office

For more information about local gritting routes and winter weather advice visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/winter.

The latest updates are also posted on the council’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

You can sign up for the Met Office’s cold weather alerts at www.metoffice.gov.uk/health/yourhealth/cold-weather-alerts

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