You might see a gritter in summer and here’s why…

Why are the gritters out overlaying a speech bubble on tarmac

We are expecting some hot weather over the next few weeks, with air temperatures rising! With this in mind, our gritters might need to come out – so we’d like to give you a heads-up, so you don’t wonder what they’re up to…

What will the hot weather do to our roads?

When the sun is out for a while, it can start to make the bitumen on the roads much softer than usual, which can alter the way drivers use our roads. It might not always seem too warm at 30 degrees (although it will certainly be ice-lolly weather), the roads absorb the heat, which can make the surface almost 20 degrees hotter than the air. A change in the structure of the road can happen, which is similar to melting.

But why the gritters? Aren’t they just for winter?

If the sun continues shining (which we hope it does), you may see our grit lorries out and about in Kirklees. The grit lorries are out spreading fine dust, which is ground down stone – a common method used to create a non-stick surface and limit damage to the road surface.

Please stay safe while travelling

Drivers can keep themselves, passengers and pedestrians, safe by driving a little slower and avoiding heavy braking in affected areas.