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 middle of November until early March.

Every time the gritters go out, they cover around 300 miles of Sandwell's roads, each time putting down around 70 tonnes of salt.

In the winter of 2012/13, the gritting teams completed 112 runs covering 33,600 miles and spreading 8,200 tonnes of salt.

Last winter was quite a bit milder, and the gritters went out 43 times.

Here are some frequently asked questions about gritting and a list 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.

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

Find out about our Snow Champions campaign and 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

The Highways Agency has some useful advice about preparing for your journey and driving in severe weather.