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Whether the sun is out or the temperature is high, there is one thing you need to remember for when winter comes: there may well be ice.  You need to make sure that you’re prepared and should you have a car park or even if you just want to make sure your drive is clear, then you need to buy rock salt.  If you’re in charge of a car park, then it’s a real must to make sure your customers can stay safe on your premises, while for your own use, you can make sure those little accidents don’t happen at home.  There’s no excuse not to get that order in early so that you’re prepared in time should the frost come early this year.

A Slippery Subject

In February 2012, on one stretch of road in Cumbria, there were 97 separate crashes in less than 6 hours.  All because of the perfect mix of ice and freezing rain.  While in years gone by the British winter was a mild affair, for the past few years the cold has been harder than ever, bringing the snow and ice with it.  So, while the average number of car accidents a year is actually on the drop, the percentage of these caused by adverse weather conditions is on the rise.  Unlike Scandinavian countries, where there is compulsory ice driving training, in Britain this has always been an unnecessary expense: we haven’t had regular enough ice.  Now, however, the lack of training is costing us.  Don’t let it cost you though.  Make sure you buy enough rock salt to make sure that your road, car park or driveway is safe for all drivers.  If the snow and ice comes again as it has recently, then you need to be prepared for it, otherwise you could be slipping and sliding all over the place.

One of the most common accidents come winter time is simply rolling off your drive and across the road into another car.  Once you’ve hit that ice patch, those breaks aren’t going to help you too much.  By simply buying rock salt and laying it down over your drive and the part of your road before your house, you can prevent this from happening.  All it takes is a very small outlay on the salt and a two minute shovelling job in the morning.  For your peace of mind once you get in that car, I’d say that was a pretty good deal: you don’t want to lose your no-claims for something that simple, now, do you?

Caught in the Act

If you are just looking to salt your driveway and perhaps the pavement outside your house, don’t be tempted to take it from the councils bins.  While it may be for your own safety, taking the grit is still stealing and if caught you will be prosecuted for it.  No, instead buy your own rock salt for your drive.  It is inexpensive and you’ll have no need to even contemplate taking your councils salt again.  While some councils are just leaving it be and complaining, others have taken steps to prevent the taking of grit, including dying the salt bright colours.  You really don’t want to get caught with a bright purple drive, so buy a bag of rock salt for your own use and you’ll be safe this winter without the chance of a bright purple driveway.  After all, you don’t want to crash your car into your garden wall and cost yourself a tidy sum in repairs, when all it took was a small outlay on the grit and a couple of minutes with a shovel to prevent it.

So be safe this winter.  There are likely to be accidents, but you can ensure that it’s not going to be in front of your house or in your car park.  If you buy rock salt and grit your own property then you can be sure you’re not going to crash into your own wall.