With Christmas just days away you’d have to be in serious denial if you didn’t think winter is here. It is COLD out there! I’ve spoken before about how I handle my diabetes in the cold and how to keep safe and warm at home, but today I wanted to touch on the dangers on the road in the winter.
Here in Aberdeen we are no strangers to ice and snow. I learnt to drive in it and knowing what dangers there are when you’re on the road in winter is a real important part of road safety. If you’re not sure what you should be looking for then let me help.
4 Road Dangers In Winter
1. Black Ice
Ice may be the most obvious road danger, but that’s because it is possibly the worst one. Black ice specifically is the cause of many accidents. The ice is of course actually transparent, but due to the black road colouring underneath it gives the illusion of being black.
This thin layer of ice is nearly invisible on the road. As it slowly begins to thaw it becomes wet and even more slippery, resulting in poor traction for tyres and skidding on the road. If you find yourself skidding on ice then resist the temptation to just slam on the break – it won’t help! Take your foot off the accelerator and steer the same direction as the skid. Be careful if you try to get out of the car when it stops – you’ll probably find the ground beneath your feet quite slippy!
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Potholes are the bane of my life. It feels like they’re everywhere and I spend half my time on the road dodging around them to protect my car (and myself). Some areas of the UK are definitely worse for potholes than others, and if you’re curious as to where you rank then you can find out the the pothole capital of the UK.
Potholes can develop at any time of year, but they are more common in winter. As the ground water freezes and expands creating crack in the road which then develop in to potholes over time. When there has been snow or a lot of rain these potholes become filled with water making them harder to see as you drive a long. This means you are more likely to drive straight through one, causing damage to your car or even resulting in a crash.
3. Poor Visibility
Visibility isn’t just about defrosting your car before you drive. The cold makes it more likely that your windows will get condensation on them as you drive, obscuring your view. Make sure you know how all the controls work in your car so you can quickly de-mist your windscreen and windows quickly.
You also need to be aware of what it is like to drive then it is snowing. Snow can quickly cover your windscreen, so check that your wipers are in good working order and that you have plenty antifreeze washer fluid.
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4. Other Drivers
Above all else, one of the biggest dangers on the road are other drivers. Those who are not confident driving in adverse weather are easy to spot out on the road and often make silly decisions which put both themselves and others in danger. Be very aware of other drivers, keep your distance and give everyone space.
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