Who knows whats round the next blind bend.?

To reduce the speed on blind bends/ windy roads  as with the best will in the world none of us can forsee what is round the corner...it amazes me the speed  and risks that people take.

There are a lot of concealed drives and entrances around the island  together  with road dips  which were fine in years gone by when horses pulled carts  and cars did 20mph  but things have moved on...yes the modern car capable of 100mph plus  has better brakes and a multitude of safety features but there is still a minimum stopping distance required drastically reduced in the wet/ice and we haven't  yet developed enough to see round corners or improved driver reaction times.

Someone could be trying to  reverse /pull out of one of these concealed drives or a cyclist/horse rider just around the corner or even a parked vehicle delivering goods  or even pedestrians/ childern or animals. in the road.

There are also a lot of slow moving/ wide vehicles using the rural roads with high hedges and narrowing of the roads all adding to the  hazards.

Statistics show that injury and death is more likely on fast rural roads

There will always be the risk takers and those that think they are invinsible once they get behind the wheel  and those that do not drive as per road conditions ...that is something we have to accept to an extent and sadly some of these people will end up seriously injured or even dead and quite possibly injure or kill someone else  but if there are some sort of speed restriction on the dangerous roads and bends it may just reduce some of the accidents

 

Why the contribution is important

It would be sensible move to reduce the speed of traffic negotiating  blind bends and corners as many drivers do not drive as per conditions and do not anticipate what may be around the corner risking themselves and others .

The driver may have to take evasive action to avoid an obstacle they did not anticipate to be around the bend  pushing them into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

Yes the IOM is famous for its unrestricted roads and is proud of its democracy and freedom but is it proud of its accident rates on the roads.

The roads were not designed for so much traffic travelling at such fast speeds so something has to be done to reduce the risk to the risk takers and the unfortunates that get in their way.

 

by goldtop on April 12, 2018 at 08:24PM

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  • Posted by Manxman10 April 12, 2018 at 20:53

    This a particular problem on the road from the hope to archallegan. People think they are in the rally at times when they cannot see what is coming round the corner!
  • Posted by TheDuck April 13, 2018 at 20:06

    The said roads should be made "no stop zones" and reversing out of a driveway onto a road is illegal and any accident would be up to the driver causing a hazard.
  • Posted by goldtop April 13, 2018 at 21:07

    Reversing
    200 Choose an appropriate place to manoeuvre. If you need
    to turn your vehicle around, wait until you find a safe, legal
    and convenient place. Try not to reverse or turn round in a
    busy road; find a quiet side road or drive round a block of
    side streets.
    201 DO NOT reverse from a side road into a main road. When
    using a driveway, reverse in and drive out if you can.

    Taken from the IOM highway code book.
  • Posted by goldtop April 13, 2018 at 21:24

    There can be many reasons why it would not be possible to reverse on to the drive; an obstruction at the road edge (tree, lamp-post, litter bin etc) may mean that driving in and reversing out is the ONLY option.

    Also consider the scenario where when you get home at tea-time the road is very busy therefore it would be unwise to stop,block traffic flow, and then reverse (and that only works if the numpty behind realises what you are trying to achieve and doesn't stop 2 inches behind you.
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