As the weather gets colder, and roads more slippery, Cumbria County Council has announced its gritters are ready for action.
Over the next few months they will be out on the county's roads, trying to make them safer for drivers.
It's a difficult task, and they will be treating areas of road equivalent to the distance between Penrith and Barcelona:
The council says Priority One routes, including many of the county's main roads, are treated in fewer than three hours in freezing conditions.
Priority Two roads, including A, B and C roads, will be treated in five hours.
Scottish Borders Council have announced that they will spend £16,000 to increase the number of salt bins in the region to almost 1,000.
The funding announcement comes just 24 hours after the Scottish Government launched its Ready for Winter campaign.
Through 2012 to 2013, salt usage was up to 43,000 tonnes from 23,000 the previous year, and staff were called out 271 times to pre-salt roads in 2012/13 - considerably higher than the annual winter average of 180.
Cumbria County Council has launched a Twitter service so people can keep track of gritting plans during the winter months. They've also introduced a new online map which is updated daily showing which routes the fleet of gritters intend to treat.
Twitter users can find it through Cumbria County Council's Twitter account at @CumbriaCC The interactive map can be viewed on the council's website
The Highways Agency has said that Cumbria is well prepared for the winter with salt stocks at a high level in each of its depots.
Tim Backshall has the full report:
Liz Girvan, the winter service manager for the Highways Agency in Cumbria, spoke to Tim Backshall about what preparations they have in place for this winter:
Cumbria Police have been advising apprentice mechanics at System Training in Carlisle, how to carry out winter safety checks on cars, to prepare them for bad weather.
The Highways Agency says Cumbria is well prepared for any severe weather this winter. It has 17 gritters available across Cumbria and North Lancs and nine depots, each holding hundreds of tonnes of salt. The Agency also says two snow-blowing machines can be used if the weather turns very wintry.
The gritters can be mobilised in under an hour, which includes the time needed to load the vehicles and they say all A roads and motorways should be gritted in under three hours.The Highways Agency is showing off its fleet of vehicles at its Penrith depot today.
At the same time it's encouraging drivers to travel safely this winter. It's giving the following advice to people who are delayed by maintenance or improvement works on the roads:
- Keep within the speed limit
- Get into the correct lane in good time
- Concentrate on the road ahead, not roadworks
- Be alert for traffic entering or leaving roadworks
- Keep a safe distance
- Observe all signs