Snow gritters sent out on test run by Bucks Council prior to temperatures falling
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Buckinghamshire Council has sent its gritters into action as the authority gets ready for winter weather.
Every year, at this time, drivers take the gritters out for a test run of their usual routes to help re-familiarise themselves with both the machines and regular gritting routes.
This tradition has been labelled as the winter parade by the council and also provides an opportunity to test for safety along each of the routes.
Drivers are expected to note any potential hazards currently on gritting routes such as an overhanging tree branch. So it can be dealt with before the roads need daily attention.
From mid-October through to mid-April, Buckinghamshire’s team of gritter drivers are on call around the clock.
Bucks Council reports that crews travel the length and breadth of the county, treating over 870 miles of the county’s most used roads and priority routes, when the weather is cold on these isles.
Bucks Council has also announced that this year drivers in the county will be using 25 new vehicles, five of which have new names selected through recent online polls: Rockhopper, Sid, Snow Shark, Hydroblade and Puffin.
It states that a new project gives the council access to additional gritters.
Councillor Steven Broadbent said: “Residents love giving our gritters fun names and enjoy spotting them when out and about, but we mustn’t forget they carry out an extremely important job in helping to keep our roads safe over the winter. Our expert team of drivers will be out in all weathers and at all times of day and night throughout the next six months and I would like to thank them in advance for their efforts.
“Winter driving can be hazardous at times and even when roads are well gritted, road users should drive according to the road conditions and the weather, taking extra care where necessary.”
Temperatures are expected to fall dramatically, later this week, and potentially below the season average by the weekend, according to Met Desk forecasts.