You might see a gritter in summer and here is why…

road marking

You wouldn’t be the only one surprised to see winter gritters on the roads in summer and wonder what on earth is going on…but summer surface gritting is something we do when air temperatures rise.

As we are expecting some hot weather at the end of this week the team will be out busy spreading very fine dust over hot tarmac. This keeps roads safe and helps stop tarmac melting in hot weather. 

Road tarmac melts

The outside temperature only needs to be in the high 20’s (Celsius) for tar on the roads to become much softer than usual. This is because the surface of the road will be at least 10 degrees (Celsius) hotter. Roads can become sticky and more vulnerable to pressure of heavy vehicles. Tarmac can then become more fragile and possibly create potholes.

Surface gritting road tarmac

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

The dust layer is absorbed into the road surface helping to prevent the tarmac from melting and the road surface becoming soft. This ensures the road surface remains as safe as possible for drivers.

Stay safe whilst travelling

Driving a little slower and avoiding heavy breaking during heatwaves helps to keep drivers, passengers and pedestrians, safe.