26 Crashes On Dorset's Roads In 3 Hours

15 January 2014, 08:56

Dorset Police are reminding drivers to take extra care on the roads in icy conditions after 26 collisions in three hours yesterday.

They were between 6.15 and 9.15am on Tuesday 14 January. Last Tuesday, 7 January, there were three collisions reported to Dorset Police between these times.

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 seriously 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 accordingly.”

Inspector Butler gave the following advice for driving in icy conditions:

  • Avoid sudden actions as these could cause a loss of control.
  • Drive at a slow speed and in as high a gear as possible.
  • Accelerate and brake gently.
  • Drive particularly slowly on bends and check your grip on the road by choosing a safe place to brake gently.
  • If the steering is unresponsive it may indicate that your vehicle is losing grip.
  • Remember when travelling on ice, tyres make virtually no noise.