Take care around grit­ters, says crash vic­tim

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amount of salt is spread to all lanes.

Their rear is most vul­ner­a­ble as it is where the salt spread­ing equip­ment is lo­cated.

If this is hit then it can mean the grit­ter g has to be taken off the road to be re­paired, which is costly and could af­fect crit­i­cal ser­vices in ex­treme w weather con­di­tions.

Garry told the Weekly News: “The psy­cho­log­i­cal im­pact was quite bad to be hon­est, and I didn’t want to get back in a wagon for a few weeks a af­ter it hap­pened.

“Ex­pe­ri­ence pre­vails, and you push on and you get back in, but both me and the car driver were lucky not to have sus­tained much worse in­juries.

“I’d ask driv­ers to give us as wide a ● berth as pos­si­ble this win­ter and to stay be­hind us un­til we’ve fin­ished our treat­ment if they can, as it’s much safer.

“Usu­ally you’ll find a grit­ter will only be do­ing a few mo­tor­way junc­tions be­fore pulling off any­way.”

An­drew Olive, High­ways Eng­land’s North West se­vere weather man­ager, said: “The vast ma­jor­ity of driv­ers sup­port our grit­ter driv­ers by leav­ing a sen­si­ble dis­tance and only pass­ing when it’s safe to do so, but we do have oc­ca­sions when peo­ple mis­judge the sit­u­a­tion and end up col­lid­ing with one of our ve­hi­cles.

“The driver of the Ford Fo­cus was lucky not to be more se­ri­ously in­jured in the in­ci­dent on the M57 ear­lier this year, and grit­ter driv­ers like Garry should be able to do their job with­out hav­ing to worry about whether other ve­hi­cles might strike them.

“Our grit­ter driv­ers per­form a vi­tal role to keep mo­tor­ways and ma­jor A roads mov­ing dur­ing the win­ter so I’d urge driv­ers to take ex­tra care when trav­el­ling near them.”

Garry White has warned driv­ers to take care near grit­ters af­ter he was in­jured when a car struck the back of him, in­set

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