January 21st, 2016
Icy roads are a problem for cyclists for obvious reasons. Common sense would be to not go out on your bike if there is ice on the roads and find an alternative form of transport until the weather and road conditions improve. For those who have no choice but to cycle to work the CTC has come up with some guidelines to help keep you safe on the roads.
The 6 winter guidelines are for drivers as well as cyclists which have been backed by the motoring organisation, the AA:
AA President Edmund King said:
“All road users need to ensure they get into a winter mindset during that first hour of the day. People need to appreciate that potentially they will not stop in the same sort of distances they normally would.
“This cold snap comes fast on the heels of heavy rain. Puddles have now frozen over and cyclists face a minefield of icy patches, especially at the side of the road where so much water has accumulated because drains have been unable to cope. Drivers need to bear that in mind and give cyclists a wider berth when overtaking.
Clear winter days are a glorious time to cycle but some precautions can be needed, not just for cyclists but for all road users.”
Paul Tuohy, CTC CEO
“The low winter sun can also be a particular problem at this time of year, especially as it is at its most dazzling at the end of the morning commute and the beginning of the evening rush hour from 4-5pm, when the roads are at their busiest.
“We would advise drivers to get up at least 10 minutes early to give time to prepare the car. Don’t drive off like a tank-commander, with a tiny hole cleared in the windscreen. Clear all windows using a scraper and de-icer to ensure good all-round vision.”
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