Richard hammond accident
Clearly 70mph is far too fast if you can barely see past the end of your nose. Even 20mph is too fast in such poor conditions
Scene on the London bound carriageway of the Sheppey Bridge Crossing
There's nothing nastier than fog. In the Isle of Sheppey bridge accident drivers were saying that visibility was down to 30ft.
Thirty feet? That’s shorter than your garden hose.
Clearly 70mph is far too fast if you can barely see past the end of your nose. Even 20mph is too fast in such poor conditions.
Thankfully, modern cars are very safe and thanks to crumple zones and air bags nobody was killed.
Twenty years ago it would have been a different story.
As more cars are fitted as standard with gizmos such as collision avoidance
systems (that use radar and automatically slow the car to a stop) they’ll be safer still and one day multi-car pile-ups will be a thing of the past.
I don’t know why so many people drive too quickly in fog.
If you took the headlamp bulbs out of their cars and asked them to drive as quickly as possible along a dark country road they’d be scared stiff.
Anything could be up ahead. Just as it can be in thick fog.
Driving safe is about driving to suit the conditions.
Ask any motorcyclist. Heavy rain, poor visibility, spray, they’re all situations that fill a biker with fear and the sensible ones who want long lives slow down accordingly.
And thick fog on a motorbike? It’s so frightening you’re best getting off for a coffee and wait for it to lift.