Councils spend less on winter safety

Every winter snow and ice cause difficulty for drivers and the last couple of years have seen conditions getting worse. The only safe haven is usually the reassurance that the roads will be safely tended to with services like salting and ploughing to help you on your way.

From now on this may not be the case. Budget estimates from the Department for Communications and Local Government show a 3.6 per cent decrease in costs for things like salting roads, snow ploughing and standby emergency services.

With sixty-seven councils set to reduce spending, 33 councils budgeting ten per cent less than last year is just the tip of the iceberg, according to the report. However, 21 councils are budgeting over 30 per cent than they did last year.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “Roads are essential for the economy – not only in rural areas where cars are the only way to get around but also on the main routes that keep our economy moving.

“Councils must make contingency plans to ensure that essential supplies can always get through, no matter what the weather. This has to include dealing with large numbers of drivers stranded for hours with no access to heat or food.”

So with servicing costs being dramatically cut it is pretty much up to drivers to ensure their own safety with careful driving, which isn’t exactly reassuring. However, there are certain safety measures that can help you on the road, such as getting winter tyres fitted.

With many manufacturers now offering winter tyre campaigns it is easy to find a reliable source of safety. Some winter tyre manufacturers include Vauxhall, Peugeotand Citroen. If you would like more information on looking after your car in the winter take a look at our Winter guide to looking after your car