Scottish companies have been urged to prepare for cold driving conditions now and invest in 'winter tyres'.
The Scottish Government and Transport Scotland has announced a series of initiatives in order to keep traffic moving in the event of a harsh winter.
As part of the scheme, lorries could be moved to the side of a road to allow gritters to clear key commuter routes, while a campaign to promote safe winter driving will also be developed to encourage companies to fit suitable tyres for the season.
Furthermore, a number of kits including snow shovels, grit bins and salt spreaders will be handed out to residents in rural areas in order for them to keep pavements clear of snow.
A Transport Scotland spokesman said: "Following last winter – one of the most severe on record – we have been working hard with all of our partners, including our road operating company in the north-east, Bear, to sharpen our response as we approach this coming winter.
"This includes how we can better deliver services like road and path clearing and treatment. During last winter many local communities wanted to play their part."
Posted by Danielle Barge