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Mark Road Safety Week by reducing your speed

Wednesday, May 19, 2021   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: transport, safety, awareness

Waimakariri District Council media release: 18th May 2021

It’s National Road Safety Week this week and a good time for us all to look at the ways we can all help keep ourselves and others safe on the roads.

The theme for this year is “Speed”. Speed doesn’t have to be excessive to be a problem, it can also be inappropriate for the conditions.  Speed can be an influence or cause in a crash, but it is always a factor in the outcome of that crash.

Road Safety Coordinator Kathy Graham says, “It’s a timely reminder that as we head into the colder months, we need to pay attention to the road conditions and adjust our speed to suit.”

While we might be prepared for early morning frosts after overnight low temperatures, drivers also need to be aware that conditions can combine to create hazards in areas or at times that might not be expected.

Council contractors start inspecting roads well before the sun is up, checking where areas of ice may be present and laying grit where needed. However, grit only improves friction by about 15% so you only have around 40% of dry road skid resistance so it’s safer to drive on the grit and not in the wheel tracks.

Areas that are prone to icing over are inspected first, but sometimes temperatures and other features can cause ice in areas where it normally wouldn’t or appear later than it usually does.

Bridge decks are often one of the first areas to ice up and extreme care should be taken.

Drivers can lower their risk by reducing speed when roads are icy as well as maintaining a safe following distance from the car in front.

Stretches of road that have high hedging on the northerly side or are in valleys can have icy conditions all day as a result of little or no sun.

Sunstrike is also a major risk for drivers at this time of the year.

“Making sure your car windows are clean, inside and out,  and that you have a good visor or sunglasses to help minimise the glare is important.” says Kathy.

Keep an eye out for on-road warning signs, but also use your own judgement – if it’s cold, wet or raining – reduce your speed to reduce the risk.

Check your vehicle is winter-ready: Tyres are in good condition and at correct pressure, windscreen wipers are clean and work well, windscreens, windows and mirrors are clear of ice and moisture.

Some key tips for driving to the conditions include:

  • Adjust your speed appropriately.
  • Allow extra time for your journey.
  • Leave more space between you and other vehicles.
  • Make sure you have your headlights on in fog and low light.
  • Avoid braking or accelerating suddenly.
  • Pay attention to signage with warnings of ice and grit.
  • Familiarise yourself with what technology your vehicle does or doesn’t have such as Antilock Braking System (ABS) and know the correct way to operate your vehicle in all conditions.