With the weather getting colder, snow forecast for this week and Road Safety week just around the corner (week commencing 21st November), I wanted to share a few thoughts about those driving around – especially those on two wheels instead of four.
When I first met my partner Chris, four years ago, he was riding a motorbike as his main mode of transport. He hadn’t been riding very long, but he had passed his test and was a good driver. However as soon as the weather took a turn for the worst and morning roads were covered in frost, the accidents began. At first it would just be the odd slip or a grumble about other drivers on the road. However on icy mornings I would be filled with dread about him even managing to get to work in one piece. On several occasions he came off his bike at the end of our road, as we lived in a village that didn’t get all its roads salted and on one particular instance, he skidded right across the road, got thrown from his bike and injured his back. It was at this point that we had to consider catching the train and bus, to and from work, instead of risking his bike but there were times he still had to rely on his bike, when shifts ran too late for public transport. I bought him a fluorescent jacket and ruckstack for Christmas, but it still never made me feel 100% confident.
I’m happy to say that Chris has since learnt to drive a car and I feel much happier with him driving to and from work nowadays. However that’s not to say its foolproof either. I’ve personally had two bad accidents in snow and ice in my car, so I never take driving in the winter for granted.
In association with Jefferies Solicitors, who are specialists with death by dangerous driving solicitors, I was asked to share this infograph about Winter Safety. On top of this, I ask that you please all drive carefully this winter, whether four wheels or two.