Ice causes 26 smashes on Dorset roads

Police officers were called to the Avon Causeway bridge in Bournemouth where the road crosses the A338 after ice on the road caused a number of collisions

Police officers were called to the Avon Causeway bridge in Bournemouth where the road crosses the A338 after ice on the road caused a number of collisions

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ICE is believed to have been responsible for 26 collisions on Dorset roads this morning.

The crashes all took place between 6.15am and 9.15am.

Dorset Police have issued a reminder to motorists to take extra care on the roads in icy conditions.

During the same time period last Tuesday there were just three collisions reported.

Inspector Matt Butler, of the Dorset Police Traffic Unit, said: “A number of people were caught out by ice on the roads of Dorset this morning. Fortunately no-one was hurt.

"The local authority road teams work hard to grit as many roads as possible.

"But motorists should anticipate icy roads when temperatures are around freezing and modify their driving conditions."

Tips for drivers are as follows: *Avoid sudden actions - these could cause loss of control.

*Drive at a slow speed in as high a gear as possible

*Accelerate and brake gently

*Drive particularly slow around bends

*If steering is unresponsive it could mean that your car is losing grip - remember when travelling on ice cars make virtually no noise

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10:43am Wed 15 Jan 14

marabout says...

I dont think that Ice was responsible for these crashes.

Poor driving was the issue.
I dont think that Ice was responsible for these crashes. Poor driving was the issue. marabout
  • Score: 5

3:24pm Wed 15 Jan 14

CoogarUK.com says...

marabout wrote:
I dont think that Ice was responsible for these crashes.

Poor driving was the issue.
Agreed. Ice does not cause smashes. Poor headline.
[quote][p][bold]marabout[/bold] wrote: I dont think that Ice was responsible for these crashes. Poor driving was the issue.[/p][/quote]Agreed. Ice does not cause smashes. Poor headline. CoogarUK.com
  • Score: 4

2:51pm Thu 16 Jan 14

cj07589 says...

Sorry for stating the bleeding obvious but you can clearly hear and feel when a vechicle loses traction on black ice notwithstanding the obvious indicators of sub zero temperatures and shiny black icy looking tarmac. Drive according to your ability and prevailing conditions it's not exactly rocket science.
Sorry for stating the bleeding obvious but you can clearly hear and feel when a vechicle loses traction on black ice notwithstanding the obvious indicators of sub zero temperatures and shiny black icy looking tarmac. Drive according to your ability and prevailing conditions it's not exactly rocket science. cj07589
  • Score: 2

2:55pm Thu 16 Jan 14

cj07589 says...

marabout wrote:
I dont think that Ice was responsible for these crashes.

Poor driving was the issue.
Generally in agreement but excess speed and complete lack of awareness is the contributing factors here. Try driving a rear wheel drive vehicle with over 400bhp and you will soon learn the important lesson of understanding wheel traction and driving within your capabilities!
[quote][p][bold]marabout[/bold] wrote: I dont think that Ice was responsible for these crashes. Poor driving was the issue.[/p][/quote]Generally in agreement but excess speed and complete lack of awareness is the contributing factors here. Try driving a rear wheel drive vehicle with over 400bhp and you will soon learn the important lesson of understanding wheel traction and driving within your capabilities! cj07589
  • Score: 2

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