Motorists accuse councils of failing to keep them safe over frost and ice warnings

More than half of Britons said roads could be better maintained, with 42 percent saying standards have declined over the past five years. As a result of inaction, over one quarter of drivers said they had gritted their road because the council hadn’t done it.

A further 27 percent of people said neighbours had gritted roads, while nine percent said their family members had.

Further research found that Kent roads were the nation’s most dangerous at this time of the year.

Around 400 reported road casualties have been reported over the past five years in Kent.

Dan Powell, heycar senior editor, commented on the research and called for drivers to be safe when driving this winter.

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Late last year, the Local Government Association warned that gritter lorries could fall victim to the supply chain issues which affected the nation before Christmas.

Bigger roads were kept clear, with National Highways saying it had 1,300 specially trained gritter drivers and 120 new gritters this winter, with a total of 535 gritters available around the motorway and A-road network.

Motorists have also been warned when driving in rural areas, especially with fog, frost, ice and snow all forecasted for the coming days and weeks.

MotorEasy urges drivers to check for any traffic updates before setting off, either on the Highways England website or local authority social media pages.

Country lanes are well known for having blind corners and sharp bends with high hedges, which can reduce the visibility of a safe overtaking of another vehicle.

They warn to always be aware of the surroundings – if there seems to be debris on the road, this may be why the vehicle in front is driving slower than the speed limit.

Duncan McClure-Fisher, CEO at MotorEasy, explained: “During the winter months it is crucial that motorists are mindful of the varying driving conditions that they may encounter, and adapt their speed accordingly.

“Driving on potentially icy countryside roads requires a sharp focus, anticipation and ability to drive with extra caution and care due to the unpredictable nature of the road conditions.

“During winter, country roads may not be gritted and are especially prone to flooding – so it is advisable to stick to main roads where possible in order to reach your destination safely.”

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