Devon motorists warned of black ice danger

PUBLISHED: 15:48 02 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:08 10 June 2010

MOTORISTS are reminded to take extra care on the roads as temperatures plummet and road accidents multiply.

MOTORISTS are reminded to take extra care on the roads as temperatures plummet and road accidents multiply.

Devon County Council and the police are reminding drivers to take extra care while travelling on the county's roads left very icy this week following heavy rain after freezing temperatures.

The A30 has already seen multiple accidents on black ice as motorists ignore the weather conditions and continue to speed.

Most of Devon's minor roads are not treated to prevent the formation of ice.

The council salts over 20 per cent of the network when ice or snow is forecast and spends up to £5 million over the winter to keep the roads as safe and clear as possible.

Councillor Margaret Rogers, Executive Member for the environment, said: "The technology used by our control centre means that resources can be directed at the worst affected areas but whatever the conditions, and whatever the route taken, drivers must take care on the roads.

"Leaving the car at home when the weather is at its worst is always an option."

The council has warned motorists to:

· Never assume a road has been salted - remember that showers or rain will wash salt off roads leaving them prone to ice. In very cold weather even salting will not stop ice from forming.

· Allow extra time for your journey and reduce your speed.

· When visibility is poor due to rain, fog and snow use dipped headlights - see and be seen.

· Watch out for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders - they can be difficult to see in bad conditions.

· Try your brakes after going through deep water, braking lightly will help to dry them out.

· In high winds watch out for sudden gusts and debris on the road.

· In fog, you think you are travelling slower than you really are - slow down and don't use tail lights of the vehicle in front as a guide.

· Give snow ploughs and gritters plenty of room - be patient, don't follow close behind.

· Drive with care. Decide whether your journey is absolutely necessary, allow extra time for your journey and reduce your speed.


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