Hazards of Icy Roads

For thousands of children the snow is a great chance to play around, build a snow man and have a day off school, yet adults have much more pressing problems than what the snow brings. Along with the cold weather the issue of care and personal safety rises. Care should be taken on the pavement in such dangerous conditions in order not to injure yourself and to avoid road traffic accidents.

Fresh snow itself isn’t the problem; the problem evolves once the snow has become settled. Once cars and people compact the snow it becomes hard and ice like. If the temperatures remain low, areas that were once snow turn to ice then here lies a problem. The roads and footpaths become covered with ice making the surface difficult to walk on and dangerous to drive over. Patches of back ice on the road make driving highly dangerous and accident black spots in areas where there has been no or little anti-ice preparation such as the use of gritting.

Any rain that the weather offers only causes greater problems as once the road becomes wet with rain water the cold temperatures remains low and this in turn changes into ice and makes the roads and footpaths even more dangerous.

To reduce you chance of a road traffic accident there are a few things that you could do.

Avoid going out
Think about whether the trip is really important or if you can put it off for another day. Is it vitally important that you go out now and do what you are thinking about doing?

Only use main roads
If a road trip is vital then stick to the main roads. These will have more than likely been gritted and should provide the safest route in order to reach your destination.

Plan ahead
Make sure you know what route you are going to take in advance. Familiarise yourself with other possible routes if the one you are choose should be blocked due to an accident.

Listen to the radio
Not for your favorite song but to listen out for a traffic report before you go out. This will allow you to find out if any of the roads you are thinking of taking could be blocked or closed due to the poor weather or an accident.

With these tips in mind you should find that your journey (if you do have to take it) should be met with the least amount of problems.

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