GRITTERS went out across the National Highways network this week for the first significant operation of this autumn and winter season.

National Highways (NH), operates England’s 4,500-mile strategic road network. It urged drivers to take care during the poor weather while also giving gritting teams space to operate.

This week the Met Office put in place yellow weather warnings for ice in northern England. 

NH put out the following advice for motorists in the winter season: 

  • Stick to the main roads where you can and only travel if necessary.
  • Slow down – it can take 10 times longer to stop in icy conditions.
  • Use a high gear – this will help avoid wheel spin.
  • Accelerate gently, using low revs. You may need to take off in second gear to avoid skidding.
  • You may need up to 10 times the normal gap between your car and the car in front.
  • Try not to brake suddenly – it may lock up your wheels and you could skid further.
  • Be extra cautious at road junctions where road markings may not be visible.
  • Look out for gritters spreading salt or using snow ploughs, and only overtake if it's safe to do so.