Drivers should watch the weather

Drivers should watch the weather

Drivers should watch the weather

First published in Letters by

I DRIVE to Leeds every day on the A64 and see drivers taking unnecessary risks, and not driving to the conditions on the road.

If you have passed your test you should be able to know what effects the weather conditions should have on your car and yourselves.

If you are always late, the simple answer is leave five or ten minutes earlier. 

So if it’s rain, snow or fog please adjust your driving style to suit. 

Going 70 just because that’s the speed limit isn’t adjusting nor is driving close to the car in front.

I have a young family and I like getting back to them after work safely.

Snow affects visibility as well as handling, so driving at 70mph isn’t suitable.

Rain affects visibility as well as car handling, so driving at 70mph isn’t suitable.

Standing water can cause aquaplaning like driving on ice.

Fog affects visibility and increases thinking time.

Please take note. And as the weather becomes nicer, look out for bikes, bicycles and horses.

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2:36pm Fri 14 Mar 14

CHISSY1 says...

If any driver needs to be reminded on any of the points in this post,should not be allowed behind the wheel of a car.
If any driver needs to be reminded on any of the points in this post,should not be allowed behind the wheel of a car. CHISSY1
  • Score: 7

3:23pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Dr Robert says...

With reference to the above comment it is quite obvious that a minority of drivers need reminding of the points raised in the original press letter. Yesterday the 13th, must have been the thickest fog we have had for a while, there were three accidents on the A64 , certainly one of them must have been attributed to the conditions, I counted six vehicles driving without lights, quite unbelievable considering one could barely see fifty yards in front of the car. There was a time the Police pulled up drivers who were not driving to conditions , i.e. dipped headlights in fog or rain, it used to be in the Highway Code. If the Police swanning around in their cars did start pulling bad driving up again it would probably stop a lot of accidents.
With reference to the above comment it is quite obvious that a minority of drivers need reminding of the points raised in the original press letter. Yesterday the 13th, must have been the thickest fog we have had for a while, there were three accidents on the A64 , certainly one of them must have been attributed to the conditions, I counted six vehicles driving without lights, quite unbelievable considering one could barely see fifty yards in front of the car. There was a time the Police pulled up drivers who were not driving to conditions , i.e. dipped headlights in fog or rain, it used to be in the Highway Code. If the Police swanning around in their cars did start pulling bad driving up again it would probably stop a lot of accidents. Dr Robert
  • Score: 15

3:48pm Fri 14 Mar 14

CHISSY1 says...

Dr Robert wrote:
With reference to the above comment it is quite obvious that a minority of drivers need reminding of the points raised in the original press letter. Yesterday the 13th, must have been the thickest fog we have had for a while, there were three accidents on the A64 , certainly one of them must have been attributed to the conditions, I counted six vehicles driving without lights, quite unbelievable considering one could barely see fifty yards in front of the car. There was a time the Police pulled up drivers who were not driving to conditions , i.e. dipped headlights in fog or rain, it used to be in the Highway Code. If the Police swanning around in their cars did start pulling bad driving up again it would probably stop a lot of accidents.
I stand by what i say.Would you kindly define what you mean by police swanning around in their cars.So are you blaming them for the for the idiots who cause these accidents.
[quote][p][bold]Dr Robert[/bold] wrote: With reference to the above comment it is quite obvious that a minority of drivers need reminding of the points raised in the original press letter. Yesterday the 13th, must have been the thickest fog we have had for a while, there were three accidents on the A64 , certainly one of them must have been attributed to the conditions, I counted six vehicles driving without lights, quite unbelievable considering one could barely see fifty yards in front of the car. There was a time the Police pulled up drivers who were not driving to conditions , i.e. dipped headlights in fog or rain, it used to be in the Highway Code. If the Police swanning around in their cars did start pulling bad driving up again it would probably stop a lot of accidents.[/p][/quote]I stand by what i say.Would you kindly define what you mean by police swanning around in their cars.So are you blaming them for the for the idiots who cause these accidents. CHISSY1
  • Score: -7

4:14pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Dr Robert says...

I thought I was agreeing with you but I will try and make it more clear for you, yes I see on a daily basis Police cars driving past other drivers in bad light conditions, early morning, fog and rain without showing any illumination. See and be seen is the idea.
I thought I was agreeing with you but I will try and make it more clear for you, yes I see on a daily basis Police cars driving past other drivers in bad light conditions, early morning, fog and rain without showing any illumination. See and be seen is the idea. Dr Robert
  • Score: 16

3:00am Sat 15 Mar 14

Magicman! says...

There was a program on Channel 5 a while ago about bad drivers, or dodgy drivers school, or something like that... in the program there was a general traffic shot of cars moving along slowly in thick fog - and in the middle of the shot is a new style Mini with absolutely no headlights on at all, no sidelights either.
There was a program on Channel 5 a while ago about bad drivers, or dodgy drivers school, or something like that... in the program there was a general traffic shot of cars moving along slowly in thick fog - and in the middle of the shot is a new style Mini with absolutely no headlights on at all, no sidelights either. Magicman!
  • Score: 6

9:32pm Mon 17 Mar 14

old_geezer says...

There are some stock phrases that newspapers have to use for legal reasons - "no other vehicle was involved" "the car left the road" *the driver lost control on a bend". We all know what these mean.
There are some stock phrases that newspapers have to use for legal reasons - "no other vehicle was involved" "the car left the road" *the driver lost control on a bend". We all know what these mean. old_geezer
  • Score: 0

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