When temperatures tumble across North Lincolnshire, Jake Grittenden and the rest of the council’s winter service team is on standby 24-hours a day, seven days a week, to help keep motorists safe.
Last year people voted in their thousands to name one of the council’s gritters after TV celebrity and local lad, Jake Quickenden – a move he joked is “probably the highlight of my career”.
The X Factor and I’m a Celebrity star-inspired entry topped the poll, alongside winning entries Roger Spreaderer, Basil Salty, I Want to Break Freeze and more.
Now the 10-strong fleet is gearing up to patrol North Lincolnshire’s roads, battling everything that Mother Nature can throw their way.
Armed with 5,000 tonnes of salt, gritter drivers will brave the elements in all hours to treat 1,000km of the county’s roads – a coverage which exceeds the national average.
These routes are carefully targeted, with priority given to main roads, routes to hospitals and emergency service stations, selected hills and more.
Motorists are encouraged to help the gritter drivers in their mission to keep the roads safe by being well-prepared and following these tips:
- Ask yourself if your journey is really necessary – will it wait until the weather improves?
- If you have to travel, give yourself extra time for the journey – don’t put pressure on yourself by rushing.
- Make sure you and your vehicle are properly equipped: carry warm clothing and footwear; keep screen washer full and make sure windows are clean; check lights and keep them clean; ensure battery is fully charged; add anti-freeze to the radiator and check fluids; and check tyres for condition, correct pressure and tread depth.
- Slow down and take extra care. It is your responsibility to drive to the road and weather conditions.
- If you get into trouble, especially in the snow, stay with your vehicle until help arrives.
For more information and advice for keeping safe in winter conditions, visit the council website.
Keep well this winter
While the drop in temperatures can bring challenges, there is lots of help available to support your family.
On the council website you’ll find simple, practical steps you can take to stay safe, well and connected this winter.
These include useful tips on managing health and wellbeing and energy consumption, as well as details of the winter grants you may be eligible for.