Some of the funniest Scottish grit names when temperatures plunge across the country

Scotland is famous for the funny names given to its fleet of grain used during the winter months.

And many have been out keeping the roads and sidewalks safe for use overnight as temperatures have dropped to below freezing in some parts of the country.

Drivers of the machines could also be inside a busy week, which forecasters warn that the thermostat could dive down to -10C over the weekend with snow potentially on the cards.

Traffic Scotland said it has a winter fleet of 230 vehicles available to disperse salt and plow.

230 vehicles are ready to disperse salt and plow roads in Scotland

As many as 117 vehicles can be deployed at a time when Scotland is being hit by the most severe winter conditions.

Although their importance can never be underestimated, the Scots have found ways to add humor to the naming of the grids in recent years.

The trend first started in Scotland in 2006, when primary school children were asked to submit the most inventive names to the machines.

Some of the funniest contributions have captured the imagination of people across the globe, as thousands of people share the best across Social Media .

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Scots have also been able to track down their favorites Traffic Scotland website since 2016.

And given the recent drop in temperatures, a number of them have already hit Scotland’s roads in recent days.

Sports stars Andy Murray (Sir Andy Flurry) and Sir Chris Hoy (Sir Grits Hoy) were among those on the road.

Historical Scots William Wallace (William Wall-Ice) and Mary Queen of Scots (Mary Queen of Salt) have also been the inspiration for the naming of some grits.

One of the grits is named after the pop sensation Britney Spears (Gritney Spears)

Queen star Freddie Mercury (Spready Mercury) and Britney Spears (Gritney Spears) are also part of the fleet.

Five gritters were also named in memory of James Bond star Sir Sean Connery after his tragic death earlier this year.

‘Dr Snow’, ‘You Only Grit Ice’, On Her Majesty’s Slippery Surface, ‘TroonRaker’ and ‘Coldfinger’ all joined the fleet.

Others that have been seen locally over the years include Gritter Thunberg, Darth Spreader and Plowlo Grittini.

Scots can track the grains on the Traffic Scotland website here.


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