We have so far been quite lucky with the weather this year but winter can be a cold and tiresome season, with darker nights and colder mornings. We see frost and ice across the roads and windows and journeys can then take a little longer to undertake.

We often forget about the prospect of ice on our windshields and spend an extra five minutes, which we often don’t have, waiting for our car to defrost, which then makes us late. Crucially though, we must remember that we all have to take extra care, especially on Lincolnshire roads and particularly this year when less vehicles are on the roads therefore ice will take longer to defrost.

What should we do to ensure we are taking extra care? The Highway Code advises that:

  1. You MUST use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced, generally when you cannot see for more than 100 metres;
  2. You may use front and rear fog lights but you MUST switch them off when visibility improves;
  3. Rear fog lights can mask your brake lights and dazzle the driver behind so turn them off when visibility improves;
  4. Double the distance between you and the car in front, your stopping distances are increased on wet roads;
  5. If aquaplaning occurs, do not panic, do not brake but hold the steering.

Aquaplaning and skidding on ice are two of the most dangerous aspects of our Lincolnshire roads and often we cannot see what is going to come towards us, around the bend. Remember to brake before the bend, not on it and reduce your speed before doing so.

If we all aim to follow the above guidelines than we are automatically reducing the risk of collisions; losing five minutes of our day to the ice is not worth more than our safety.

We can help

If you are involved in a collision and it was not your fault, contact the Personal Injury team at Ringrose Law.

Call 01522 561020 or email wecanhelp@ringroselaw.co.uk

 

 

 

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