East Lothian Council

Winter road maintenance

Tips for winter driving

Snow shovel against car
  • Clear all snow and ice from your car before you set off
  • In severe conditions – don’t travel. Allow the roads to be cleared first
  • Remember, if you attempt to drive in these conditions, and get stuck, the gritter won’t get through
  • Leave early. It takes longer to get about in bad weather
  • Reduce your speed – take care on the roads – you can’t always tell if a route has been treated
  • Use dipped headlights in poor visibility
  • Drive in the highest gear possible and avoid harsh braking and acceleration
  • Keep a safe distance behind other vehicles
  • Watch out for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Please be patient!

During periods of extreme weather and heavy continuous snowfall, when roads and footpaths are affected by significant levels of lying snow, priority will be given to primary road and footway routes. Resources will be used on these routes continuously to clear the snow before secondary routes are treated.

Police Scotland tips for driving in the dark:

Environmental Services

Telephone: 01875 824305

Out of hours emergency contact

Telephone: 01875 612818

East Lothian Council, John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington East Lothian EH41 3HA.