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Does anyone know what a sanding truck is?
Here is the context:
"I have a police scanner radio, so I always know when the hightway patrol is sending out the sanding trucks before they arrive."
Thank you for your help.
In BE we call them gritting lorries or gritters.
I think, if there has been accident, and gasoline or other liquids are on the highway, they also use sand or something to absorb that, don't they? So they can clean it up better? I'm not really sure, but I think there's something like that, which makes more sense if they police need to arrive at a scene.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
The quote the OP mentioned is from the book House Rules by Jodi Picoult, and refers to a person who is listening to a police/fire scanner radio at home. Because she can "listen in" to the dispatches, she knows immediately when sanding trucks are requested by the Highway Patrol, or when the police are summoned to a homicide scene.
Different states use different methods of providing traction for motorists during inclement winter weather. Here in Michigan, we have salt trucks that patrol the roads when it starts snowing. Salt actually melts the snow/ice when it hits the pavement, but it also tends to erode the pavement over time, leaving pits and holes. Plus, if the temperatures drop even further, that melted snow re-freezes and turns into a sheet of ice. Other states use sanding trucks which dispense gritty sand on top of the slippery pavement and provide traction for a short period of time, until the sand gets sloughed off the road and/or another layer of snow covers it up.
Winter driving....it's never dull.