Gritters will be out across the Island’s road network for the first time tonight as winter approaches, marking the start of a season of wet weather, dangerous driving conditions, school closures and increased incidents.
Island Roads will deploy the new gritting lorries from the brand new Stag Lane depot at 19:00 tonight (Tuesday), with drivers undertaking 6 different routes covering the main roads across the Isle of Wight as the temperature falls.
Island Roads is using a ‘pre-wet’ type of salt solution which has had a brine mixture added to it. This means that it sticks better to the road or footway surface, and therefore there is less drift in windy conditions. An added benefit is that this approach limits pollution caused by salt drifting onto the sensitive grass verges and hedges across the Island.
Residents are being urged to be prepared for the winter, taking a series of steps to ensure the safety of yourself and those around you. Before you set off in your car, make sure you check your route and the weather forecast. Make sure you are prepared with a winter weather kit – including warm clothes, boots, food and drink, de-icer, ice scraper and shovel. In severe weather, only drive if your journey is absolutely essential and if you can, try to delay your journey until the weather improves.
Motorists are reminded that just because a road is treated, it does not necessarily mean it will be free from ice or snow.
Throughout this coming Winter, IslandEcho will be bringing you live updates 24 hours a day and in severe weather, will introduce our brand new intergrated live update and interact mapping system to keep the Island safe, informed and moving.