I am supposed to be going to Start today, but I’m not going anywhere in this. Heck, I doubt I could even get my motorbike off the drive! [Note: bike pictured is H’s. Mine is tucked closer to the house.] It’s just not worth the risk. I get antsy enough when it’s wet.

It’s not my riding. It’s everyone else. It’s bad enough normally, when you’ve got drivers who see a motorbike in their mirrors and forget how to drive, before adding in the complication of snow. Let’s face it – Brits cannot drive in snow.  Or on ice. They either go too fast or they totter about like the slightest turn of the steering wheel will spin them into a ditch. Then there are the morons who think they’ll get traction on ice by MORE POWER! Spin those wheels! *eye roll*

Cartoon © Dave Granlund
Cartoon © Dave Granlund

But seriously, 24,101 people were badly injured on Britain’s roads in 2016, with 1,792 deaths. Worryingly, there was a high rise of 10% in pedestrian deaths, and people remain the most vulnerable on the roads, especially in bad conditions. I watched Winter Road Rescue last night and there was a chap in serious condition after being hit at around 60 mph by a car that had lost control on icy. Thankfully, he suffered no more than a severe concussion and some spectacular bruising.

When did the UK get so bad at driving in adverse conditions? We’re certainly not taught how to deal with snow, ice, or even a heavy downpour, which I think is a massive failure. Yes, I’m aware that instructors can’t control the weather, but so much is done digitally now. Take the hazard perception test (which I have to do as a wannabe “big bike” rider). Surely that could include standing water, black ice, and/or a sudden snow flurry?

Clearly, looking at the stats, something needs to be done.


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