I woke up late, again and I knew I was going to get in so much trouble with my manager, I was late last week!
I jumped out of bed and rushed around getting ready for work, just as I left the house my Dad said ‘See you later, don’t rush and drive carefully!’. My Dad shut the door and I ran over to my car, started the engine, put the de-mister on full blast, grabbed the scrapper and quickly tried to clear the windscreen. When I got in my car…it was not clear, I still couldn’t see out of my windscreen properly but really didn’t have enough time to wait.
I started driving whilst squinting my eyes trying to see what was in front of me, I started to pull out onto the motorway, it was a dark foggy morning and my back windscreen hadn’t cleared…I couldn’t see a thing but I needed to get to work quickly so I pulled out onto the motorway, I risked it!
The next thing I remembered was waking up in intensive care, my Dad was looking at me with tears in his eyes. The pain I felt was unbearable, I had fractured my skull, broken my ribs and had scrapes and cuts all over my body. I was later shown photos of my car, completed crushed and upside down, all of this because I was impatient. I was so lucky to be alive, was it worth the risk?
Make sure this doesn’t happen to you and your colleagues and that you all get home safely this winter. Icy roads, foggy mornings, and heavy rain are extremely dangerous when driving. Last year there were 1,732 reported road deaths in the UK. There are too many horror stories from car crashes, don’t be one of them, take extra care.
TOP 5 TIPS – Drive safely this winter
- When climbing a snowy or icy hill, use a higher gear than you would in dry conditions
- Brake gradually to stop the wheels locking on snowy or icy roads
- Use lukewarm water or de-icer to defrost the outside of your vehicle. You should never use hot or boiling water
- You may need to leave as much as 10 times the normal recommended gap between you and the car in front
- Watch out for black ice. If the road looks polished or glossy it could be, “black ice” one of winter’s worst hazards.