Posts Tagged ‘accidents’

Sun glare danger for motorists

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Motorists driving in rush-hour are being warned of the dangers of sun glare. When the clocks change at the weekend the sun will move closer to the horizon in the morning and early evening increasing the risk of accidents to those who find themselves dazzled. In 2009, according to figures published by the government, 2,684 accidents were the direct result of drivers becoming temporarily blinded by the sun.

According to the Institute of Advanced Motorists, this is about the same number as all the accidents caused by poor weather and headlamp glare combined. The institute’s director of policy and research, Neil Greig, said there was nothing that could be done about the position of the sun or the time at which many people need to travel.

However, a clean windscreen goes a long way towards countering the possible blinding affects or the suns rays. Mr Grieg said putting the de-mister heater onto the windscreen may help to get rid of moisture, but it also covers the inside with a layer of oil and smoke particles. He advised drivers to clean the inside of their windscreens as often as possible.

It is also important to make sure the outside is as dirt free as possible. In wet weather, other vehicles kick up dirt from the road which may cause scratches. He went on to say that any driver who feels they cannot see through their windscreen properly should slow down.

Headlamp dazzle is also a common cause of accidents. Mr Greig said it was important to dip headlights when another vehicle is approaching.

New posters a distraction for drivers

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

A poster erected by West Yorkshire’s Safer Roads Group has come under fire for being an unnecessary distraction on a dangerous corner. The poster is part of a campaign to get motorists to focus on the roads and has been erected on a 90-degree bend into the village of Copley.

The poster tells drivers to keep their eyes on the road, but some believe that whilst reading the message drivers could be setting themselves up for a head on collision. Geoffrey Williams, who uses the road to get to and from work, said he understood the message but thought it irresponsible to place it on such a tricky bend in the road.

In London, a poster for the latest version of the Wonderbra is causing road safety groups to voice their concern. The 20-foot wide poster featuring Brazilian model Sabraine Banado has been erected near Waterloo station. However, unlike the iconic Eva Herzigova ‘Hello Boys’ campaign, which apparently caused dozens of traffic accidents, the new campaign is 3D.

Institute of Advanced Motorists spokesman, Vince Yearley, said he was worried that, because most drivers don’t put on a pair of 3D glasses when they get into their cars, the fuzzy nature of the ad could cause them to have to concentrate harder on Sabraine Banado than they are on the road ahead.

Yearley added that it only takes a brief loss of concentration for an accident to occur. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents said they would be interested to know if Banado’s cleavage caused any road accidents, but were not overly concerned.