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The Best Way To Keep Roads Safe In Winter

Ensure winter road safety with anti-skid surfacing, clear markings, timely maintenance, and gritting. Total Line Marking keeps roads safe all year.

Safety Introduction

As winter approaches, road safety becomes a significant concern for everyone, from drivers and pedestrians to road managers and private road owners. Adapting your driving style is essential, but there are other proven methods to ensure safety on icy and snowy roads. In this article, we will discuss some of the best practices that Total Line Marking has been using for years to keep roads safe during the colder months.

Anti-Skid Surfacing

Anti-skid surfacing can be a lifesaver when roads get icy and slippery. This type of surfacing provides proper grip and friction, allowing drivers to maintain control over their vehicles even in challenging conditions. At Total Line Marking, we offer both hot and cold-applied anti-skid surfacing, depending on the surface requirements. For example, hot-applied anti-skid is more suitable for new tarmac surfaces. We can apply anti-skid surfacing to car parks, cycle paths, footpaths, and bus lanes.

In addition to enhancing road safety during winter, the anti-skid surfacing can also improve car park safety. Coloured anti-skid paints can be used to highlight different areas of the car park, providing clear directions and instructions to users.

Workers laying anti skid surfacing

Road Markings

Road markings play a crucial role in keeping pedestrians and motorists safe by preventing collisions and injuries. They control traffic flow by directing road users. However, winter conditions such as fog, mist, ice, or snow can obscure or fade these lines, especially if they are not properly maintained. To ensure road safety, road markings must be clear and bright, allowing drivers and pedestrians to see them and react accordingly.

Road Maintenance

Poorly maintained roads are hazardous throughout the year, not just during winter months. Potholes, cracks, and other damage can reduce grip and driving comfort, which are essential for safe driving. Cold weather, snow, and ice can exacerbate existing damage, widening cracks and potholes. It is crucial to repair all damage before the winter months, although repairs can still be carried out during winter as necessary.

Bonus Tip: Stocking up on grit is essential for road safety during unexpected bad weather. Gritting can significantly improve road conditions, potentially saving lives in the process.


Cold weather and poor road conditions can be a dangerous combination. Roads must be maintained to the highest safety standards throughout the year, with special attention given to winter preparations. Total Line Marking can help with any road marking, surfacing, cleaning, or maintenance request, ensuring that your roads remain safe all year long. If you have any questions about our services or need assistance outside of office hours, feel free to contact us at any time. We will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible. Stay safe, and happy driving!

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