With snow falling in Whitehill & Bordon (and much of the rest of the UK) what better time to talk about the white stuff and how to deal with it.
Now first off some potentially much needed advice…yes folks you CAN clear snow from in front of your house and your neighbours houses if you wish. The Met Office have set out some guidance (The Snow Code) to give residents some useful tips. Including the following:
- Pay extra attention to slopes and steps. These areas are likely to need more salt to keep them ice free.
- Never use water to clear snow. This can re-freeze as black ice and cause more problems as it is harder to see.
- Table salt or dishwasher salt can be used on your driveways. If you don’t have any salt then sand or ash can be used. Whilst it doesn’t melt the snow as well as salt it provides extra grip in the snow compared to doing nothing.
- Please do not take salt from the Highway salt bins for personal use. This salt is provided to keep public roads and footpaths clear.
Secondly, getting about today…for those of you who drive to work I’m sure you will have noticed just how clear the main roads were this morning. Today’s 6am gritter run clearly did the trick!
To stay up to date with the latest news about traffic and travelling in bad weather follow @Hantsconnect and @ROMANSE on Twitter or listen to your local radio station. Further information about driving in snowy conditions can be found on Hampshire County Council’s website at www.hants.gov.uk/roads/winter-maintenance
Walkers and cyclists please remember that footpaths and off-road cycle tracks don’t normally get gritted so assume they haven’t been and take care!
Finally, some of you may not have seen this post from a month or so ago; make your petrol go further this winter! Useful advice with temperatures currently hovering around the 1 degree Celsius mark!