Winter road services are to be provided quicker than ever before in Scotland due to unpredictable weather conditions. Although the last two winters have been reasonably mild, the Transport Minister Keith Brown has stated that it is important for Scotland to be prepared for any potential conditions, including sub-zero temperatures.
All four of Scotland’s trunk road operating companies are on new contracts meaning that roads will be treated more quickly when there is a snow or ice warning. The Minister also states that there is more salt in stock for use on the roads than was used in the whole of last year.
There will also be teams on hand 24/7 in case of any incident which requires immediate action and it is hoped that people will be able to carry on as usual with minimal disruption.
Severe winter weather in December 2010 forced the closure of part of the M8 motorway for days when gritters were unable to melt the thick ice. There were several cars stranded as a result and the Transport Minister at the time was forced to resign because of the travelling chaos.
Account manager for the south-east trunk road operating company Amey said that their service would operate 24/7 to ensure that action is taken immediately at the first sign of poor weather. Motorists have also been advised by trunk road operative Bear Scotland to keep their vehicles maintained and to carry equipment to help themselves in the event of sudden weather changes.
Potential hazards in winter
Having these winter road services in place in anticipation of bad weather can help to reduce the risk of an accident occurring on the road. Poor weather conditions, low visibility and slippery roads can cause a serious collision or crash and drivers should be prepared for this.
Darker nights also means that driving carries some risk, particularly during rush hour periods. If you have been driving carefully but are involved in a road traffic accident that is someone else’s fault, you could make a compensation claim.
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