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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 03:16 
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samandben wrote:
1) Tow wheeled-booms behind salting vehicles. Probably a quick 'win-win' in economic terms, reducing driver-complaints and uprated safety. The booms should be designed to crush the salt into the voids in the road-pavement at and around the tyreline of following vehicles. This increases the energy available to melt ice and to mixing the essential soduium chloride solutions which result.

Advantage to concept: could melt and flatten grit and create a faster result of melted snow / ice.
Disadvantage to concept: I have noticed that the flattened driven paths become mini ice-rinks more quickly than the none driven over areas. So when you come across the recently gritted road, but with no further cars following the grit lorry you can have an advantage, (fresh snow and fresh grit) albeit not a lasting one, and neigh rare in the populated areas (although they can be less icy). We have found travel about 30mins after the gritter as this is when you find the prepped roads for best driving on.
Does the left boom tyre have a width suitable for cycles ? and one in the road middle for bikes ? Should the gritting lorry also do the pavements?

samandben wrote:
2) Low cost detectors, made available to the driving public. Exploiting the properties of ice ........ different optical-properties, road temperature v air temperature differences, differences in relative humidity, skid-resistance reductions( tyre friction changes).

Laser temp readers ? Maybe if applied appropriately ! Most won't understand humidity and detailled analysis or know how to interpret!
samandben wrote:
3) Free-of-charge telephone calls (and other incentives) available for drivers to report skids, slips, near misses. Increase the stats to expose the true probability of accidents and worst locations.

Call 999 that's free :)But they could have reporting lines, seems though that local radio shows have taken over this role.
The data they hide as it doesn't show what they want. :(
The 'accident black spot' sign shows local bad areas ... we have to restrict roadside furnishings as they ARE distracting.

samandben wrote:
4) REGULARLY PUBLISH a) more accurate stats about accidents-by-County, combining the data collected by ALL involved services........Police+Ambulance+Hospital+Air Ambulance. with b)showing accidents per month combined with weather details

Would love to see them! Their data is not predefined ! Sadly ...

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