Winter Road Safety News Update

Winter is now absolutely here – that means the roads in Somerset are getting a lot more dangerous.

This is a treacherous time of year to be on the roads and that much is reflected in the national news stories that are gaining a traction.

As we steadily approach the Christmas holiday period and the nights grow ever darker, drivers are having to contend with increasingly dangerous conditions. At the moment our days are already running under 8 hours long, which means commuters are having to drive to work and back in the dark – not ideal, especially when the roads are starting to freeze over and the chill is beginning to damage the road surface.

We’ve collected a few news stories related to Road Safety, so you can keep up to date on any legislation updates or new campaigns that you can get behind:

Fatalities caused as a result of speeding have increased in Scotland since 2013.

Similar to Somerset, Scotland’s roads are often narrow, winding and can often be covered in black ice. As dangerous that these conditions are to drive in, road safety campaigners Brake are placing the blame firmly on speeding drivers. Director of campaigns for Brake, Jason Wakeford, had this to say:

“Driving is unpredictable and if something unexpected happens on the road ahead, such as a child stepping out from between parked cars, it’s a driver’s speed that determines whether they can stop in time and, if they can’t, how hard they will hit.”

Brake want the Scottish government to push through a bill demanding that all vehicles be fitted with Intelligent Speed Adaptation. This piece of tech would inform the driver of the speed limit in the area that they’re driving in, it can even limit the car’s acceleration so that the driver is forced to drive at a safe speed.

Councils pay out million in compensation

If there’s one thing that we can all agree on, it’s that the roads in Somerset are in desperate need of seeing to. Although we like to think that the pot holes and cracks on our roads are so much worse than any other county – but in truth, the entire country is currently struggling with poorly maintained roads which has led to a record number of compensation claims being made against council across the UK.

Over £8 million was paid out in the space of two years, it has been revealed, as a result of potholes in highways up and down the country. Despite the proliferation of new apps like ‘Fill That Hole’ and ‘Spothole’, holes in the road still go unreported leading to dozens of accidents every year. Despite these soaring pay-outs, the roads still remain in a poor state leading to more questions being asked of councils throughout the year.

If you’ve got a particularly nasty pot hole in your local area then download the government affiliated ‘Fill That Hole’ app to report it and save the council some time and money.

That’s it for our news update – don’t forget to check out our tips on how to safely drive through the snow – it never hurts to be careful!