Wet road safety advice for motorists after 16 car accidents in less than 24 hours

Wet road safety advice after 16 car accidents in less than 24 hours

Wet road safety advice after 16 car accidents in less than 24 hours

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POLICE are advising motorists how to drive safely in wet weather after 16 traffic accidents across Sussex in just 24 hours.

The bank holiday wash-out is thought to be behind some of the accidents but Sussex Police said not all of the crashes could be attributed to the county’s foul weather.

Three of the scrapes involved cars flipping over on to their roofs.

The first happened on the A284 near Arundel at about 2.45pm, where a man escaped from his overturned car before firefighters arrived.

About 20 minutes afterwards, while driving along the A272 Midhurst, a Peugeot 205 struck an embankment and overturned.

The 33-year-old driver, from Petworth, and passenger, a 31-year-old man from Bosham, both had slight injuries and went to St Richard's Hospital in Chichester.

Then, an hour later, a Ford Fiesta driven by a 65-year-old woman left the A23 Crawley Avenue in Crawley and struck a tree before turning on to its roof.

In that incident the driver was seriously hurt and treated by paramedics.

When not flipping over, drivers were crashing into all manner of objects.

In Marley Lane, Battle, a Vauxhall slid on surface water and span into a tree.

The driver, a 36-year-old man, and passenger, a 45-year-old woman, both from Ewhurst Green, were both unhurt but an eight-year-old boy from St Leonards had slight injuries.

A Vauxhall Zafira lost control on a wet B2115 near Haywards Heath and also hit a tree. The driver had slight injuries.

At John's Cross roundabout, near Battle, a Ford Focus lost control and hit railings but the driver and passenger, both 24, were unhurt.

More surprisingly, four people escaped unharmed when their car collided with the central barrier of the M23 near Crawley.

Two accidents saw cars hitting brick walls in Bognor and Chichester while the tight, narrow road of Mill Lane, Sayers Common, saw an unknown vehicle strike and damage a hedge and fence.

In Eastbourne, Lottbridge Drove, a car smashed into a power box for street lighting while on the seafront a vehicle struck a manhole after its cover came loose in the road.

There were also a number of crashes between vehicles. Collisions involving more than one car occurred in Bognor Regis, Uckfield, Sharpthorne and Haywards Heath as well as in Carden Avenue, Brighton, and Blatchington Road, Hove. In all cases there were no serious injuries.

Sussex Police has reiterated its advice to drivers and warns of the need to take care in heavy rain.

Sussex Police’s wet weather advice:

  • Slow down
  • Use dipped headlights
  • Allow extra space for braking
  • Beware of standing water/fallen trees/storm debris etc
  • Allow extra time for journeys
  • Obey warning signs, e.g. floods, road closed
  • Carry high-visibility waterproof clothing, warning triangles, etc in case of breakdown

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10:05am Thu 28 Aug 14

Nosfaratu says...

Used the A/M23 - M25 for a visit to relative on Monday 25th and the weather was appalling, heavy rain, poor light, spray and standing water.

Motorists were still speeding, not using lights, lane hogging, not using indicators, driving too close and amazingly using their Rear Fog Lights, really helpful.

I do believe that the standard of driving has deteriorated so much that accidents are almost inevitable.

The invisible Police cars are a possible reason, you really need a high visibility deterrent for the idiots that don't seem to know how to drive safely.
Used the A/M23 - M25 for a visit to relative on Monday 25th and the weather was appalling, heavy rain, poor light, spray and standing water. Motorists were still speeding, not using lights, lane hogging, not using indicators, driving too close and amazingly using their Rear Fog Lights, really helpful. I do believe that the standard of driving has deteriorated so much that accidents are almost inevitable. The invisible Police cars are a possible reason, you really need a high visibility deterrent for the idiots that don't seem to know how to drive safely. Nosfaratu
  • Score: 16

10:20am Thu 28 Aug 14

Mel Shock says...

And as usual the culpits tend be driving BMW's, Audis and Mercs.......
Weather was terrible Tuesday and we got caught in the resultant tail backs of the M23 crash............who
le back end of a small hatch looked to have been sheared right off but what appeared to be a BMW that had hit it...........
And as usual the culpits tend be driving BMW's, Audis and Mercs....... Weather was terrible Tuesday and we got caught in the resultant tail backs of the M23 crash............who le back end of a small hatch looked to have been sheared right off but what appeared to be a BMW that had hit it........... Mel Shock
  • Score: 4

10:31am Thu 28 Aug 14

charlie smirke says...

Most people seem to use common sense and adapt their driving to the road and weather conditions. But, as mentioned above, there seems to be an increasing number of drivers who appear to have a death wish......
Most people seem to use common sense and adapt their driving to the road and weather conditions. But, as mentioned above, there seems to be an increasing number of drivers who appear to have a death wish...... charlie smirke
  • Score: 12

11:38am Thu 28 Aug 14

Nosfaratu says...

Mel Shock wrote:
And as usual the culpits tend be driving BMW's, Audis and Mercs.......
Weather was terrible Tuesday and we got caught in the resultant tail backs of the M23 crash............who

le back end of a small hatch looked to have been sheared right off but what appeared to be a BMW that had hit it...........
I have an Audi , sob !
[quote][p][bold]Mel Shock[/bold] wrote: And as usual the culpits tend be driving BMW's, Audis and Mercs....... Weather was terrible Tuesday and we got caught in the resultant tail backs of the M23 crash............who le back end of a small hatch looked to have been sheared right off but what appeared to be a BMW that had hit it...........[/p][/quote]I have an Audi , sob ! Nosfaratu
  • Score: 2

11:39am Thu 28 Aug 14

Nosfaratu says...

Mel Shock wrote:
And as usual the culpits tend be driving BMW's, Audis and Mercs.......
Weather was terrible Tuesday and we got caught in the resultant tail backs of the M23 crash............who

le back end of a small hatch looked to have been sheared right off but what appeared to be a BMW that had hit it...........
I have an Audi 'sob'!
[quote][p][bold]Mel Shock[/bold] wrote: And as usual the culpits tend be driving BMW's, Audis and Mercs....... Weather was terrible Tuesday and we got caught in the resultant tail backs of the M23 crash............who le back end of a small hatch looked to have been sheared right off but what appeared to be a BMW that had hit it...........[/p][/quote]I have an Audi 'sob'! Nosfaratu
  • Score: 0

1:03pm Thu 28 Aug 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Mel Shock wrote:
And as usual the culpits tend be driving BMW's, Audis and Mercs.......
Weather was terrible Tuesday and we got caught in the resultant tail backs of the M23 crash............who

le back end of a small hatch looked to have been sheared right off but what appeared to be a BMW that had hit it...........
Mel please don't generalise - not all are bad.

We broke down once in a very dangerous place. It was late at night and we had our two young children in the back of the car. It started raining to top it all off. The only car to stop was a BMW - the man helped us take the essential items we needed - we were returning from a trip to see friends - helped us push our car well off the road to a more safe place, whilst our children were safely in his car, then drove us all the way home and helped us in with all our things! You couldn't find a nicer man and I've always remained so grateful to him for helping us when no one else did!

His car was lovely too - very luxurious!
[quote][p][bold]Mel Shock[/bold] wrote: And as usual the culpits tend be driving BMW's, Audis and Mercs....... Weather was terrible Tuesday and we got caught in the resultant tail backs of the M23 crash............who le back end of a small hatch looked to have been sheared right off but what appeared to be a BMW that had hit it...........[/p][/quote]Mel please don't generalise - not all are bad. We broke down once in a very dangerous place. It was late at night and we had our two young children in the back of the car. It started raining to top it all off. The only car to stop was a BMW - the man helped us take the essential items we needed - we were returning from a trip to see friends - helped us push our car well off the road to a more safe place, whilst our children were safely in his car, then drove us all the way home and helped us in with all our things! You couldn't find a nicer man and I've always remained so grateful to him for helping us when no one else did! His car was lovely too - very luxurious! getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 5

2:27pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Mel Shock says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
Mel Shock wrote:
And as usual the culpits tend be driving BMW's, Audis and Mercs.......
Weather was terrible Tuesday and we got caught in the resultant tail backs of the M23 crash............who


le back end of a small hatch looked to have been sheared right off but what appeared to be a BMW that had hit it...........
Mel please don't generalise - not all are bad.

We broke down once in a very dangerous place. It was late at night and we had our two young children in the back of the car. It started raining to top it all off. The only car to stop was a BMW - the man helped us take the essential items we needed - we were returning from a trip to see friends - helped us push our car well off the road to a more safe place, whilst our children were safely in his car, then drove us all the way home and helped us in with all our things! You couldn't find a nicer man and I've always remained so grateful to him for helping us when no one else did!

His car was lovely too - very luxurious!
I did say 'tend'
Everyday I travel up and down the A/M23 and M25 and everyday it is predominantly the high spec cars such as the ones I mentioned that drive wrecklessly, there is always and exception to the rule ........

Guy last night, doing 40 on handcross driving and Audi.... (nosfaratu? joke...) using his mobile, happily texting away........happily oblivious that he could potentially kill or injure a fellow road user.....
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mel Shock[/bold] wrote: And as usual the culpits tend be driving BMW's, Audis and Mercs....... Weather was terrible Tuesday and we got caught in the resultant tail backs of the M23 crash............who le back end of a small hatch looked to have been sheared right off but what appeared to be a BMW that had hit it...........[/p][/quote]Mel please don't generalise - not all are bad. We broke down once in a very dangerous place. It was late at night and we had our two young children in the back of the car. It started raining to top it all off. The only car to stop was a BMW - the man helped us take the essential items we needed - we were returning from a trip to see friends - helped us push our car well off the road to a more safe place, whilst our children were safely in his car, then drove us all the way home and helped us in with all our things! You couldn't find a nicer man and I've always remained so grateful to him for helping us when no one else did! His car was lovely too - very luxurious![/p][/quote]I did say 'tend' Everyday I travel up and down the A/M23 and M25 and everyday it is predominantly the high spec cars such as the ones I mentioned that drive wrecklessly, there is always and exception to the rule ........ Guy last night, doing 40 on handcross driving and Audi.... (nosfaratu? joke...) using his mobile, happily texting away........happily oblivious that he could potentially kill or injure a fellow road user..... Mel Shock
  • Score: 0

3:08pm Thu 28 Aug 14

notaconspiracy says...

Seems the cars involved were Peugeots, Fords, Vauxhalls, so off-trend, eh?

I was driving and, yep, it was wet and splashy. The secret is to slow down a bit and assume that every other driver is a dangerous idiot, whatever they drive.
Seems the cars involved were Peugeots, Fords, Vauxhalls, so off-trend, eh? I was driving and, yep, it was wet and splashy. The secret is to slow down a bit and assume that every other driver is a dangerous idiot, whatever they drive. notaconspiracy
  • Score: 6

3:33pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Mel Shock says...

maybe...not all accidents mentioned in detail so can only go by what I saw on this day and the brand of car involved.....

And you are right but its still pretty hairy attimes
maybe...not all accidents mentioned in detail so can only go by what I saw on this day and the brand of car involved..... And you are right but its still pretty hairy attimes Mel Shock
  • Score: 0

3:55pm Thu 28 Aug 14

ok,jared says...

Mel Shock wrote:
And as usual the culpits tend be driving BMW's, Audis and Mercs.......
Weather was terrible Tuesday and we got caught in the resultant tail backs of the M23 crash............who

le back end of a small hatch looked to have been sheared right off but what appeared to be a BMW that had hit it...........
"as usual the culpits tend be driving BMW's, Audis and Mercs.."

None of those names were mentioned.

The cars which were named are all at the lower end of the market, which suggests that they aren't equipped for serious driving in poor conditions.

I agree that those who drive 'posher' cars tend to be the ones who are driving with less consideration for other road users, but it doesn't mean that they aren't decent people away from the wheel.
[quote][p][bold]Mel Shock[/bold] wrote: And as usual the culpits tend be driving BMW's, Audis and Mercs....... Weather was terrible Tuesday and we got caught in the resultant tail backs of the M23 crash............who le back end of a small hatch looked to have been sheared right off but what appeared to be a BMW that had hit it...........[/p][/quote]"as usual the culpits tend be driving BMW's, Audis and Mercs.." None of those names were mentioned. The cars which were named are all at the lower end of the market, which suggests that they aren't equipped for serious driving in poor conditions. I agree that those who drive 'posher' cars tend to be the ones who are driving with less consideration for other road users, but it doesn't mean that they aren't decent people away from the wheel. ok,jared
  • Score: 0

5:23pm Thu 28 Aug 14

spa301 says...

Is Adrian Imms new to the Argus as he seems to be able to write a decent article, with a touch of humour and without any obvious spelling errors? How refreshing.
Is Adrian Imms new to the Argus as he seems to be able to write a decent article, with a touch of humour and without any obvious spelling errors? How refreshing. spa301
  • Score: 1

5:56pm Thu 28 Aug 14

ok,jared says...

spa301 wrote:
Is Adrian Imms new to the Argus as he seems to be able to write a decent article, with a touch of humour and without any obvious spelling errors? How refreshing.
He probably got several A-levels last week.
[quote][p][bold]spa301[/bold] wrote: Is Adrian Imms new to the Argus as he seems to be able to write a decent article, with a touch of humour and without any obvious spelling errors? How refreshing.[/p][/quote]He probably got several A-levels last week. ok,jared
  • Score: 0

6:45pm Thu 28 Aug 14

melee says...

It's a shame the police are having to give this 'advice'. I would have thought people should be taught all this when learning to drive. I certainly remember being asked about the correct way to drive in fog when I passed my test years ago.
It's a shame the police are having to give this 'advice'. I would have thought people should be taught all this when learning to drive. I certainly remember being asked about the correct way to drive in fog when I passed my test years ago. melee
  • Score: 1
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