Poor road drainage continues to cause problems for drivers

Poor road drainage continues to cause problems for drivers 20th March 2015

Drivers across the UK have reported that the conditions on UK roads this winter in terms of surface were as bad as they were a year ago, with councils seemingly failing to spend to have drainage problems fixed in the past 12 months. 

And with rainfall this winter having been just a fraction of that seen last year, councils have no excuse for not having seen any sort of improvement at all in the conditions on the roads. 

A recent poll conducted by the AA showed that 50 per cent of all drivers in the UK feel that roads near where they lived are littered with puddles of water, which can cause dangers with aquaplaning, whenever it rains. 

While the figure is marginally lower than the 51 per cent recorded at the same time in 2014, the fact there was markedly less rain falling this year shows that there has actually been little in the way of improvement in the space of 12 months. 

Edmund King, the AA’s president, said: "Roads pockmarked by puddles and pools of water pose more of a hazard to more drivers than flooding – floods are no-go areas, while deep patches of surface water are passable but perilous for drivers, bikers and cyclists. They also hide the potholes road users might otherwise avoid."

Other issues that can arise when roads have any amount of surface water on them include aquaplaning, when a film of water comes between the road and the contact point of the tyre, causing drivers to lose control of the vehicle. 

With drivers apparently more at risk of these issues than in recent years, it's important to make sure they are being vigilant at all times. Having new tyres fitted that are suitable for wet roads can make a difference, while being clued up on how to deal with aquaplaning will also go a long way to keeping you safe. 

Posted by Danielle Barge