National Highways are urging drivers to allow gritters “time and space” after some vehicles have been involved in collisions.
This week National Highways will ramp up their activities as freezing temperatures are set to hit, especially in the north.
National Highways said that five of their gritters were involved in accidents and were damaged by other vehicles last winter.
Darren Clark, severe weather resilience manager at National Highways, said, “It is quite shocking that five of our gritter vehicles were struck while in the course of their duties last winter.
“With the current winter conditions it is a timely reminder for drivers to give our vehicles the time and space they need to do their jobs to keep everyone safe.
“If you are going to pass us, please do so courteously, pass us safely and legally.
“If you are able to stay back, you will actually help the salt on the road activate even more quickly by crushing and breaking it into the road surface which benefits everyone.
“We are totally committed to working around the clock on these seasonal operations to keep all road users safe and thank everyone in advance for their patience and understanding.”