Nobody can control the weather, but you can control how you drive during adverse conditions. Statistics reveal that on average, 22% of all UK road accidents are caused by bad weather. Therefore it’s vital to be aware of how bad weather affects you, other motorists, your vehicle and the condition of the road surface. So, what are the effects of bad weather on UK road safety, and how can we keep ourselves safe in adverse driving conditions?
PRECIPITATION Effects Of Bad Weather On UK Road Safety Both rain and snow come under the umbrella of precipitation, and it can have a detrimental effect on the safety of the roads. Precipitation can cause surfaces to be slippery, reducing the grip of your tyres and increasing your braking distance. Visibility can also be vastly reduced in heavy snow or rain, and if this is coupled with faded road markings, it could impair your ability to see dangers ahead. To reduce the likelihood of skidding or accidents, always try and drive at slower speeds in these conditions, and remember to put a greater distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front.
ICE Effects Of Bad Weather On UK Road SafetyWithout a doubt, ice is the most hazardous weather condition to impact UK roads. Whilst councils take great pains to grit roads quickly and thoroughly, it does not mean that you should career along at top speeds. Depending on the temperature or area you are driving in, some sections of road can still be icy, with the presence of black ice being a particular danger. Ice is difficult enough to walk on, never mind drive on, so great care should be taken when driving in icy weather such as reducing your speed and avoiding country roads that may not be gritted.
HEAT Sunny weather can often put us in a happy, relaxed mood, but this should not decrease your care and vigilance when driving. Heat can soften road surfaces, causing cracks and disrupting the clarity of road markings. These should be fixed by professional road marking and surfacing companies, but in the meantime, you should look out for reduced road surface quality in hot weather. Also, the brightness of the sun can potentially blind you if shining directly on your front windscreen; combat this by lowering your visor or investing in some special motorist sunglasses.
WIND It’s surprising just how forceful high winds can be, and as a motorist, sometimes you might have even felt gales slightly shift your car.To give yourself more control, it’s wise to drive with both hands on the wheel. Also, remember that if the winds can move cars, they can definitely move cyclists, so take extra care around these vulnerable road users. Winds can also blow debris onto roads, fell trees or cause other obstructions. Therefore it’s wise to drive slowly to avoid colliding with a sudden obstruction.
ROAD SURFACE The condition of road surfaces has a big impact on how safely we drive. Road markings are essential for directing and instructing motorists and pedestrians, and if they become faded or damaged, it can put people at risk. This is especially harmful in low visibility conditions caused by weather, as the visibility of the road markings will be relied upon even more.
It’s imperative that road markings are regularly maintained and relined to ensure full visibility and safety. The same can be said for the condition of road surfaces; in adverse weather conditions drivers are less likely to see pot-holes or cracks, making them more difficult to avoid, and potentially causing punctures or swerving. Therefore it’s important that road surface conditions are also kept to the highest possible standards.
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