With the cold spell continuing the following information will be useful in the weeks ahead.

Glasgow City Council is responsible for maintaining over 1900km of carriageway and 3100km of footways and footpaths.

What is our aim?
The Council’s aim is to provide an effective and efficient winter maintenance service that, helps to ensure the safe passage of vehicles and pedestrians and aims to minimise delays due to winter weather.

The Council has the statutory obligation, under section 34 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 to take such steps as it considers reasonable to prevent snow and ice endangering the safe passage of pedestrians and vehicles over public roads. The day-to-day routine operational decisions will be made by the decision maker using specialist Road Weather Forecasts and the road and weather monitoring data. Precautionary salting would be carried out under the following circumstances: On roads where the Specialist Road Weather Forecast indicated that ice, hoar frost, freezing or snowy conditions may occur.

 Where do we grit?
Glasgow City Councils Maintenance Plan details how we make best use of available resources and prioritise the routes that are most widely used to help keep Glasgow moving. Details of how these are prioritised is contained within section 3 of the Winter Maintenance Plan.

Gritting Routes
Data of gritting routes are available on our interactive mapping system- see maintenance plan to access this. City Centre carriageways and footpaths are giving key priority.

Where are the Grit bins?
There are 1497 grit bins located throughout the city. In regards to the city centre, there are 30 grit bins within a 3km radius of George Square. More information on routes and location of grit bins can be found via the following links:

https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=17050

http://glasgowgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/LocalPerspective/index.html?appid=e99ff0bfd5a44fd6a1c68de66e123299

Self Help
There is no law stopping you from clearing ice and snow from paths, pavements, or public spaces outside your home, shop or office.  Doing your part may help the local community and will be very helpful to the more vulnerable members of society. Follow the Snow Code advice below to clear the pathway safely and effectively.

Moving Snow: Think about where you are going to put it, make sure it will not cause problems. It is important that you don’t block other people’s paths, or the roads.

Use Salt or Sand: Be careful not to make pathways and pavements more dangerous by causing them to refreeze. Do not use hot water, as this may result in black ice, which can cause more risk of injury because it is invisible and slippery.

Be a Good Neighbour: Some people may be unable to clear their paths, if your neighbour has difficulty getting in and out of their home offer to clean their path for them. Check that elderly and disabled neighbours are alright in cold weather.

Winters do’s and don’ts for drivers

Extreme weather: extreme weather conditions and icy roads can make driving more difficult. There are lots of simple things that you can do to make your journey safer. There is always a risk when driving in winter conditions, so it is vital that drivers stay extra vigilant.

Before your journey:

  • Check/top up or add anti-freeze.
  • Check/Top up windscreen washer bottle, also add winter additive
  • Check for wear and tear on wiper blades. Replace them as soon as they start to smear the windows, rather than clean them
  • Check tyre pressures and check that your tyres have plenty of tread, at least 3mm of depth
  • Consider the use of winter tyres
  • Before driving off, make sure your windows, lights and mirrors are clear of mist, ice and snow, inside and out.

Consider whether you really need to travel- or can you delay the journey until conditions improve.

Planning your journey:

  • Check the weather forecast and road conditions
  • Ensure you vehicle is ready for a journey in poor weather
  • Consider alternative routes and change your routes if necessary

Emergency Kits are Essential. An emergency kit in your vehicle should include:

  • Ice scrapper and de-icer
  • Torch and spare batteries
  • Battery jump leads
  • Warm clothes
  • Warning triangle
  • First aid kit
  • Map

For longer journeys you may want to add:

  • A snow shovel.
  • A pair of boots and a blanket
  • Food and thermos with a hot drink.

Because of the glare in snowy conditions, sunglasses are also useful to help you see in the winter sun. Finally, make sure your mobile phone is fully charged.

During your journey: Be aware of changing road and weather conditions and listen to police warnings and to travel bulletins on local radio.

You may need to change the way you drive:

  • Reduce speed.
  • Increase stopping distance. (It can take up to ten times longer to stop when driving in snow and ice)
  • Use dipped headlights.
  • Brake gently.

Even after roads have been treated in the winter, driving conditions can still remain challenging. Some common examples of this are:

  • Hilly or exposed roads.
  • Roads that pass under or over a bridge.
  • Roads shaded by trees, buildings or other structures.
  • Where there is less traffic.
  • Bends in the road where there is potential for loss of control.
  • If you start to skid – press the clutch, steer into the skid and as you straighten, steer back along the road.