Lack of gritted roads in the UK

Posted on: 07/02/2015

More than half of AA members (52%) are struggling to get out of their ice and snow-bound neighbourhoods on to gritted roads, AA research reveals.

Road salting is such a postcode lottery that only 20% of them can drive straight on to a treated road when they set off.

An AA-Populus survey of 16,165 AA members in mid December found that one in seven AA members form work parties with neighbours to clear snow and ice so that they can get on to main roads.

Cars abandoned

Eleven percent of AA members abandon their cars on the drive or outside their homes and have to seek other ways to go about their daily routines. Among pensioners, more than a fifth (22%) give up driving in periods of snow and sustained freezing and are left marooned at home.

National and regional differences

The eastern side of England suffers most from treacherously frozen local roads. The challenge is greatest in the North East as 56% of drivers struggle to get to a gritted route, closely followed by 55% in the East Midlands and also in the South East. AA members in Northern Ireland also face an ordeal with 56% battling to get to the main roads.

Scotland stands out as the part of the UK where more than a quarter of drivers (27%) can drive straight on to a treated road at the start of their journey. Londoners are the next best served with 23% of AA members living on what they perceive to be a gritted route, probably due the city’s population density and fewer instances of severe snowfall.

One in five AA members in the North East, Yorkshire and Humberside, and Wales team up with neighbours to clear snow and ice on their local roads and streets. Londoners are least organised with only 5% helping each other out.

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