As the winter season comes to a close, it can be tempting to relax and take a break from preparing for the next season. However, this is not the time to let our guard down, especially when it comes to gritting. 

The preparation phase is crucial in ensuring that gritters are fully equipped to tackle any Winter weather (or Summer, look at 2022!) conditions that may arise. 

In this blog post, we will explore why the preparation phase should never come to a halt.

The Gritting Season & Its Duration

The gritting season can last from October to April, and during this time, the weather can change without warning. Therefore, it is vital to ensure that the gritters are in good condition and ready for any weather conditions that may arise. 

The preparation phase should start by reviewing the duration of the gritting season and why it is important to prepare for it.

Regular Maintenance & Checks

Regular maintenance and checks must be carried out on the gritters, such as checking the engine, brakes, and lights, to ensure they are in good working order. 

Any faults or issues detected should be addressed immediately to prevent any potential problems when the gritting season resumes. This ensures that gritting equipment is in good condition and ready for use.

Reviewing & Updating Gritting Routes & Schedules

Over time, road networks change, and new areas may need to be added to the gritting schedule. 

Additionally, it is essential to ensure that the gritting routes are efficient and cover high-priority areas, such as hospitals, emergency services, and schools. The preparation phase is an opportunity to review and update gritting routes and schedules. 

It is also an opportunity to review equipment and resources required for the gritting season.

Training & Education

Gritting teams should be trained and educated on the latest gritting techniques and technologies. 

Advances in technology mean that gritting teams can now use GPS and other mapping software to navigate and plan gritting routes more efficiently. 

Training can also be provided on how to operate gritting machines safely and effectively, reducing the risk of accidents and ensuring that gritting operations run smoothly. 

The preparation phase is an opportunity to ensure that gritting teams have the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out their duties.

Engaging with the Local Community

Engaging with the local community is important to raise awareness of the importance of gritting. 

It is vital to inform residents and businesses about the gritting schedule, so they can plan their journeys accordingly and take necessary precautions during Winter weather conditions. 

Local councils can also work with community groups and volunteers to identify areas that may need additional gritting or snow clearance. Engaging with the local community during the preparation phase ensures that everyone is aware of the importance of gritting and can take steps to stay safe during Winter weather conditions.

The preparation phase is crucial in ensuring that gritters are fully equipped to tackle any Winter weather conditions that may arise. 

Regular maintenance and checks, reviewing and updating gritting routes and schedules, training and education, and engaging with the local community are all essential components of the preparation phase. 

By taking these steps, you can be fully prepared for the next gritting season, and roads and pathways can remain safe and accessible for all. So, don’t stop preparing just because the gritting season is coming to a close!