No matter the weather conditions, driving is a requirement for many motorists. What should we be alert to during the wintertime and how best can we ensure our own security and that of other road users?
While Ireland might not be subject to the extremes of ice and snow that other states do, it looks like we’re under -prepared for any change in the weather. In the winter of 2009/2010, several local councils were exposed for not having stockpiled grit and enough salt to cope with the freezing conditions that were hoped-for on the roads of the state. The result was a noticeable increase in whiplash injury claims, the amount of low rate crashes and therefore furthermore, the winter’s aftermath created additional difficulties for motorists. Water enlarged as a result of freezing conditions. Once ice and the snow had melted down, a heightened variety of potholes were shown, causing additional injuries.
Potential For Harm
A rear impact, which drives the head, neck and spinal column to follow the movement of the vehicle and to snap back, mimicking the action of a whip causes most whiplash injuries. It is not difficult to view poor visibility and icy road surfaces can increase the possibility of rear impact crashes that even at low rates can cause whiplash.
During specific months, winter tyres are lawfully needed in areas of Europe. These are designed especially to take care of snowy and icy states, offering greater resistance to the road’s surface and greater braking strength. The AA offers sensible guidance for road users during winter months, while these aren’t now a legal demand in Ireland. The deeper the tread, the more management a motorist has on a slick surface. Nevertheless, the driver are also in favour of the introduction of laws that views the fitting of winter tyres as compulsory.
Fighting The Components
The AA also offers other guidance to fight the winter components. The driver propose that motorists add antifreeze to their display wash to make sure that any snow or ice can be dealt with efficiently and not reduce visibility. Furthermore, the driver propose that motorists assess their brake fluid with more inspection during cold weather to ensure that brakes are working to their optimum efficacy.