More than 100 road accidents as ice causes problems across Cumbria
Last updated at 16:54, Thursday, 09 February 2012
Freezing rain has created lethal conditions across Cumbria today.
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Luck definately plays a part in car crashes for the 'innocent' drivers affected by the idiots on the road. You can be the safest driver in the world but if some idiot tail gates you or is driving in the opposite direction and pulls out to overtake on a blind bend etc and crashes head into you there is very little you can do. I have lost count how many near misses I have had like this on the A595.
Re comments on walking in the city, I used to be very confident walking in wintry conditions and had no fear of slipping / falling etc. However, with advancing years and stiffer joints I find the way that I walk increases the risk if slipping and consequently I become more tense, thus more likely to slip and fall. Young and fit people need to realise that not everyone is as agile as they are and able to manage to walk with ease in hazardous conditions. It's fine to say stay inside but we have to shop for food etc. not everyone can use online shopping or have someone to shop for them.
@ Chris on 9 February 2012 at 22:45:Being a safe driver requires three four key components;Knowledge, Skill, Experience, Attitude.'luck' is not a component of safe driving, it is what keeps bad drivers from having an accident.All but a very few accidents are caused by driver error, most of these can be attributed to inappropriate use of speed - too fast for the conditions. To castigate a driver for driving at 15mph on black ice is a very foolish thing to do, you were not there to comment, and the FACT that the driver arrived safely is evidence enough that the speed was not excessive.It might interest people to know that electronic driver aids, ESC/BFD/ABS, whatever you want to call them amount to nothing more than a liability in these conditions, your safe arrival is dependants on how well you combine your knowledge, skill, experience and attitude. ABS will actually INCREASE your stopping distance on snow, ice or slippery mud.Given the conditions of yesterday, I'm surprised that no-one was killed or seriously injured. I think most people did very well in the circumstances.