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What should I do in winter weather?

Despite our efforts, winter weather can still make roads treacherous.  We are unable to guarantee ice-free roads, and you must always drive with great care in adverse weather. For more advice on dealing with snow and ice in Cornwall please visit our Community Safety page.

There is no law stopping you from clearing snow and ice on the pavement outside your home or from public spaces.  It's unlikely you'll be sued or held legally responsible for any injuries on the path if you have cleared it carefully.  Please follow the snow code when clearing snow and ice safely, details on the Met Office website.

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You can view the areas that will be salted over the next 24 hours by following  @CORMACltd.

Get your car ready for winter

  • Ensure that the battery is well maintained and that there are appropriate anti-freeze agents in your radiator and windscreen bottle

Prepare for your journey

  • You must be able to see, so clear all snow and ice from your windows
  • You must ensure that lights are clean and number plates are clearly visible and legible
  • Make sure the mirrors are clear and the windows are demisted thoroughly
  • Ensure you have good vision and use dipped headlights so that you can be seen by other motorists
  • Always check the weather forecasts
  • Do not assume the roads are treated

When driving

  • Only drive if your journey is essential
  • Drive with care, even if the roads have been treated
  • Keep well back from the road user in front as stopping distances can be ten times greater than on dry roads
  • Take care when overtaking vehicles spreading salt particularly if you are riding a motor cycle or cycle
  • Watch out for gritting vehicles
  • Be prepared for the road conditions to change over relatively short distances
  • Drive at a slow speed in as high a gear as possible; accelerate and brake very gently

Please remember

  • It can take time for the salt to become effective.
  • Showers or rain will wash salt off roads leaving them prone to icing.
  • Forecasts are not always accurate, and the weather can change rapidly.
  • The Precautionary Salting Network is salted only; 80% of the roads are not routinely treated.
  • When freezing conditions or snow follows rain there may not be enough time to treat all the network before temperatures fall to zero.
  • It takes over three hours to salt the network.