Gritters out in Redditch as temperatures drop

By Harriet Ernstsons Wednesday 09 January 2013 Updated: 10/01 16:03

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GRITTERS will be out on the borough's roads as temperatures plummet below freezing.

From 7pm tonight (Thursday) the fleet will be covering the Bromsgrove Highway and the A435, not including the slip roads.

But motorists are still being warned to take care on roads, even if they have been gritted.

Echoing the call from Worcestershire County Council to keep safe on the roads, staff at Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service have urged motorists to be extra cautious.

Sharon Jones, from the service's community safety department, said: "We do tend to see an increase in collisions when the roads are icy and so we are keen to encourage motorists, particularly younger drivers who may not have driven on the ice before, to keen an eye on the weather and take extra care when freezing temperatures are forecast."

Safety advice includes regularly checking travel information, reducing speed and keeping a longer distance from the car in front, clearing ice from windows, mirrors and lights and ensuring the vehicle is well maintained and service.

Visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/gritting to find out more or follow @worcscc for the council's Twitter account which features up-to-date information about gritting.

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