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Today’s source article for the blog entry comes from Road and Track. Jack Baruth has been writing there for a while, and I tend to find myself enjoying his articles.
His topic this time relates to how far ahead drivers are looking – I’ve been raising this as a topic for quite a while. Driving is all about planning and observation, and if you are not looking ahead, you cannot possibly plan your car position, or determine how appropriate your speed is for the prevailing road conditions, etc.
Jack starts preaching about how far ahead drivers should be looking on the race track, but his points are relevant to everyday driving too. Have a read of the article here.
Yet another article I read in the motoring section of the Irish Independent; this time the topic is dealing with three potential causes for serious road crashes. They are
- Glare from the low winter sun
- Broken headlights
- Truck blind spots.
This Irish Independent article makes for very interesting reading. Check it out!
And there is another article here, suggesting how to deal with sun glare.
Gardai and the AA have warned female drivers travelling alone to be extra vigilant when stopping on secluded roadsides.
The warning comes in the wake of a number of shocking incidents in recent months which include a knife-point high-jacking and a serious assault.
In one instance, a lone female driver is “still trying to come to terms” with an incident that occurred on a quiet country road during her early morning commute.
See full article in relation to this shocking development in Irish society here.
With a General Election approaching, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) is today 2nd February 2016 asking candidates, political parties and their campaign workers of the need to take extra care when positioning campaign posters.
The RSA is advising that election posters should not be placed at the roadside in such a way that they obscure road signs, particularly those that relate to the Rules of the Road and road user safety. These would include Regulatory Signs such as ‘STOP’ and speed limit signs; Warning Signs such as junction and road works signs; as well as Information Signs which provide directions. They should not be placed in known collision prone zones, where they risk distracting drivers and where campaign workers may be at risk when putting them up. A list of which can be found on the Garda website www.garda.ie
“The signage on our roads, whether put there by the Transport Infrastructure Ireland (formerly the NRA), Local Authorities, the Gardaí or construction and road repair teams, are there to ensure the safety of drivers and all road users,” explained Ms Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive, RSA, “so it is vital that no action is taken that either obscures them or distracts road users from their content.”
It is an offence to erect any sign or notice that makes a traffic sign less visible to road users or obstructs a view to such a degree that it makes the road unsafe for road users (Road Traffic Act 1961, Section 95, Subsection 14)
(14) A person shall not provide any such sign, device, notice or light as is not a traffic sign if, on provision thereof, it is visible from a public road and—
(a) it is capable of being confused with a traffic sign,
(b) it makes a traffic sign provided in accordance with this section less visible to road users,
(c) it obstructs the view of public road users so as to render the road dangerous to them.
Local Authorities are also advised that under the ‘Traffic Signs Manual’ issued by the Department of Transport that action should be taken to deal with obstructions that impede the clear visibility of traffic signs.
Concluding Ms. Murdock also asked election candidates to ensure that “all campaign workers are made aware of the dangers of working at the road side and not to place themselves or others at risk when erecting posters. It would certainly be very helpful if such workers took the practical step of wearing high-visibility jackets when doing so.”
For further information contact:
Communications Office, Road Safety Authority: 096 25008
Sometimes we forget that our car is more than just a tool to use for commuting to and from work. I came across this article in the Irish Independent recently, and it reminded me of how much I enjoy driving when there isn’t a particular destination in mind, and just what sort of fantastic roads and scenery we have on this isle.
The article specifically mentioned 5 locations, but I’m sure we all have a favourite road that it’s nice to just cruise down without having to be anywhere definite.
Check out the article here, then go out for a drive that doesn’t necessarily bring you anywhere!
Well, internet, to follow on from yesterday’s post about don’t drive through floods, here’s an example from 2012 in our very own Cork. The Yaris may have made it because she kept going, but I have a few problems with the actions of both drivers here.
- She’s driving on the phone as she drives out of the water towards the cameraman … !
- She’s driving through water deeper than her radiator.
I’d suggest the engine is never turned off again, it may not restart.
- The entire electrics are compromised, as they’ve been submerged.
- The interior will never be quite dry again.
At the very least, the carpets will have a new and entertaining smell.
- The post van behind her stops in the middle of the floods to see what she’s going to do next. Never ever enter a flood if you can’t see how deep it or see the way out.
- She’s lucky her brakes managed to stop her on the way out.
And I bet the pads that drove through the flood were left on for another gazillion miles!
Enjoy the video!
Today we have a guest author, the US National Weather Service. Check out the video below, this is unfortunately quite relevant for Ireland at the moment.
>> Thought for the day: turn around, don’t drown!<<
Don’t drive through floods when you don’t know how deep they might be. Stay safe out there!
Driving in the dark last week, I felt the need to reduce the brightness of the car dials. However, this entailed pulling over to the side of the road, as the manufacturer of my 2015 motor has decided to hide this facility under several sub-menus in the touchscreen. What happened to a good old fashioned wheel on the dashboard??
Maybe touchscreen options aren’t that great an idea, especially when you have to take your eyes off the road to see what you are doing. At least with switches and stalks, you know that the action you want to do is always done the same way and doesn’t involved having to look at it.
So, I found the following article an interesting read (originally published on Road & Track).
And I subsequently found another article, on Autoblog, also quite interesting.
I always wonder exactly why do drivers do this? Timely reactions to a change in the lead car’s speed or direction are impossible, as is seeing the road ahead of the vehicle in front. No chance to plan, observe or react …
I just don’t see an upside to this kind of driving. I see plenty of downsides though – a quick look around the web gives me these examples:
So, maybe, we all need to be introduced to, or reminded of, the two second rule. Here’s a pretty clear explanation of the two second rule.
>> Thought for the day : let’s count to 2 <<
OK, reader, do yourself a favour. On your commute to and from work today, let’s give the 2 second rule a chance. Are you breaking this rule regularly? Why? Can you try to employ this rule every time you sit behind the wheel?
I’d bet that if we all adopted the 2 second rule, the majority of the crashes in the last two weeks would not have happened. Stay safe out there!