Get a Grip On Road Safety This Winter

48% of car accidents in winter are due to cars skidding. When the temperature drops, roads become an ice rink in patches. Tyres lose grip and the surface of the road can become a danger risk if drivers are not in control.

Driving in winter, winter tyres recommended

Creation Traction

The best advice many motor industry experts can give on avoiding skidding on icy roads is to switch to cold weather tyres. Winter tyres tend to have a more ‘aggressive’ grip with more cuts in the tread and biting edges that better grip the ground.

Industry adviser ‘Which?’ suggests that winter tyres work very well at temperatures under 7 degrees Celsius, adapting to wet and icy conditions by not only gripping better but by spreading the force of traction over a greater area, providing a more stable base.

When cars slide on the road, it is difficult for a driver to regain control. Other drivers in the area may also skid and slide if they need to take evasive action, potentially setting off a domino effect involving multiple cars. Even on a small residential street, a single car struggling to grip can risk injury for its owner and any passers by (see video below).

Not an excuse

Unfortunately as treacherous as ice and snow is on the road, causing damage or harm to another person because the road is icy is often not an excuse. When conditions are poor, it is expected that drivers adapt accordingly to the road surface. This means hanging further back than normal, driving slower and paying particular attention to your surroundings. By not adhering to this you may be seen as acting negligently should you collide with another vehicle or person.

Government guidelines suggest not travelling in snow and ice if possible. It is not illegal but heavily advised. Should you travel on wet, icy roads the guidelines are to keep a large distance from any vehicle in front, not to make any sharp movements and to drive “at slow speed in as high a gear as possible” to keep control.

Improve road safety in winter with special tyres

What If I’m Hurt?

Icy roads escalate the risks of collisions. It also poses a serious risk to pedestrians as an icy pavement can make walking at the roadside treacherous.

If you, a family member or friend have found yourself injured during these conditions, contact Sincere Law to see what our experts can do for you. We deal in serious injuries and understand winter is a particularly high risk time of year for these.

We are experienced at arranging the extra care and attention required to help recover from serious injury problems. Recovery can take months or years to overcome, but we will be there every step of the way.

To chat to one of our advisers for free, impartial, conscientious advice please call 0800 092 2896 (lines open weekdays from 9am to 7pm) for more details. Alternatively you can get in touch using our contact form on our website.

“Life Saving” stickers to prevent children’s road accidents?

The Australian Road Safety Foundation (ARSF) has recently launched a well received and inexpensive scheme to prevent road accidents involving children using stickers. The simplistic campaign allows people to purchase stickers for a nominal fee and stick them to bins.
Stickers aimed to stop road traffic accidents involving children in Australia

Cheap & efficient

The campaign by the ARSF has encouraged many Australian parents to purchase life sized stickers of children for $10 and then place them on bins in front of their home. A very inexpensive option, the stickers portray children running or playing. With bins usually placed near the roadside (particularly when a collection is due) the scheme aims to remind drivers to take care in residential areas after spotting the easily visible deterrents.

The scheme was organised following a rise in road accidents involving children in 2015, resulting in the deaths of 242 children on Australian roads. This figure is  up from 223 the year before. The chief executive of the ARSF, Russell White, explained that no matter what side of the bin, which side of the road or which direction the stickers were facing, the visual impact would still be there. He said:

“When we look at road safety generally, we look at figures and numbers, but what we often overlook is the human face behind that.”

“The stickers put the human element to the potential situations we can find on the roads we travel each day. It’s the streets around our suburban areas which we are the most familiar with and often the most complacent with.”

road traffic accidents involving children took 242 children in 2015

English rollout?

The stickers on the bins which are rolled out once a week, not only display the pictures of children, but also the speed limit for the area (Australia being 50kph in many streets). The question raised during this test phase over here is “would this work here?” The idea is simple and cost effective. While the scheme itself would not prevent all accidents in residential areas (here or in Australia), it could serve as a quick reminder to those driving to watch their speed and watch for children.

Sincere Law’s Head of Catastrophic Injury, Chris Walker, believes a campaign like this would be beneficial for children’s safety in the UK. He told us “Any effort to stop deaths on roads, particularly young children who have their whole life ahead of them, is a good thing. Stickers are inexpensive and don’t require a lot of input from a user, but they get the message across simply. It would be good to see this brought to the UK.”

Sincere Law has dealt previously with injuries occurred on roads to children, both fatal and non fatal. Regardless of fatalities, it can hold very adverse effects on the family involved and those in the driver’s seat who caused it.

Could the UK borrow this sticker scheme to prevent road accidents?

Help is available

If you have experienced an accident on the road whether it involves your child, a family member’s child or a friend’s child, you can contact Sincere Law for expert advice. We deal with serious and catastrophic injuries which often require extra input and care in order to help alleviate the problems caused by serious incidents.

If you’d like hassle free advice please call one of our expert team on 0800 092 2896 or get in touch via our contact page. Alternatively, you can arrange for us to call you back at a time that suits you by using our callback form.

At Sincere Law, we strive to look after all of our clients and their families with caring, conscientious legal assistance from start to finish. We look to provide the best possible quality of life for all serious injury victims under our legal care, so please call today and see what we can do for you.