Gritter waggon at the depot

The council has a team of gritting staff and eight gritting vehicles. The staff are on 24 hour call from the beginning of November until the end of March.

Every time the gritters go out, they cover around 260 miles of Sandwell's roads, each time putting down around 55 tonnes of salt.

In the winter of 2014/15, the gritting teams completed 51 runs covering 13,260 miles and spreading 2,800 tonnes of salt.

Here are some frequently asked questions about gritting and a list and plans of our gritting routes.

How can I find out if the gritters are out?

You can easily keep up to date with our gritters using social media.

Gritter Twitter

Twitter iconWant to find out if the gritters are on the road? Need updates on school closures and weather forecasts? Follow @sandwellcouncil on Twitter. During bad weather we'll be using the #wmgrit hashtag.

You can also follow our highways team on Twitter.

Join us on Facebook

Facebook iconFollow us on the Sandwell Facebook page to find out when our gritting crews are out, if schools are closed and information on how frosty or snowy weather is affecting Sandwell.

You can also see live gritting and winter weather updates from us and other West Midlands councils.

Snow Champions

If you're a Snow Champion, find out how to clear snow safely.

School closures during bad weather

If it's snowing or very icy some schools may be closed - find out how to check the latest information on school closures.

Winter driving advice

When winter bites, will you and your vehicle be ready?

Highways England, which manages motorways and major A roads, has some useful advice about preparing for your journey and driving in severe weather on its winter web pages, on their Facebook page and on Twitter.