Eastbourne Drivers Urged To Slow Down

Wednesday 30th November 2016

eastbourne buzz news - When It Rains

We’re being reminded to respect the weather when driving around Eastbourne.

Highways England has released figures, showing three people were seriously injured in the town in crashes during heavy rain, and one person was seriously hurt in a crash during fog.

Highways England’s Head of Road Safety, Richard Leonard, said, “Most of us already slow down in snow, ice or fog but when it rains we consider it normal so don’t adapt our driving.

“The sad fact is that 2,918 people were killed or seriously injured on the roads in Great Britain when it was raining last year, and not slowing down to suit the current conditions was identified as a factor in 1 in 9 of all road deaths.

“Rain makes it harder for tyres to grip the road and harder for drivers to see ahead – significantly increasing the chances of being involved in a collision. We’ve launched our new campaign to make drivers aware of the dangers and to stay safe.”

It generally takes at least twice as long to stop on a wet road as on a dry road because tyres have less grip on the surface. In wet weather, you should:

  • Slow down if the rain and spray from vehicles is making it difficult to see and be seen.
  • Keep well back from the vehicle in front as this will increase your ability to see and plan ahead;
  • Ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually if the steering becomes unresponsive as it probably means that water is preventing the tyres from gripping the road.
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