Scotland is battling to ward off a shortage of salt to grit its roads as the country is facing two weeks of heavy snowfall. The Scottish Government was forced to step in last night to ensure there was enough salt to grit roads in Fife. The salt supplies were said to be at “critically low levels in many councils across Scotland“.
The transportation in Scotland has almost come to a still and, if the situation prevails the public life will be numbed. There are already warnings of a fresh snowfalls in central and northern parts of the country. Temperatures at nights in central Scotland are expected to be between -5C and -10C but could reach -15C, creating instant ice problems where there is snow or rainfall. Several road mishaps and accidents have reported in the country on contrary to the heavy snowfalls.
The severe weather conditions are said to affect the major businesses that would impact Scotland’s economy as poor travel conditions stop people from returning to work from the Christmas and New Year break. Yet, the Transport Scotland seems to reassure the public that there is enough salt to keep Scotland’s motorways open.
Adding another count to the rising number of accidents in the UK, last day one more such tragic accident occurred in the county Antrim. In this fatal accident two Indian men lost their lives.
According to sources the accident occurred on the A8 between Belfast and Larne near the Bruslee here yesterday. The crash involved two cars and a bus in which several passengers were traveling.
The eye-witness of this tragic crash described it as a horrific accident; those Indian origin men who lost their lives were reported to be in their early 40s and were in the same car. The passengers in the bus and the person driving the second car have escaped with minor injuries.
Meanwhile Councillor Paul Girvan, who was one of the witnesses of the accident, said the part of the road where the accident occurred is an extremely dangerous one, and often vulnerable to such accidents.
Good news for all those pedestrians who were walking down the street with a fear in their mind of being a victim of the rising road accidents in the UK. Coming up with a new idea, a Toyota subsidiary is planning to deploy airbags at the front of the bonnet and below the wind screen in cars. This new addition in cars will help to avoid loads of deadly accidents killing several innocent pedestrians every year.
This major car company has introduced this innovative idea for exterior airbags keeping in view the rising number of accidents. This unique system uses sensors linked to a computer system which constantly scans the road ahead and thus calculates if and when the car is about to hit a pedestrian. In such untoward situations the airbags opens up to cushion the impact. Till now cars do use to come with interior airbags for resistance of the accident to the people driving the car, but this unique idea will be a great addition for all.
If we look at the figures, we can find that about 675 pedestrians dies each year in road accidents and many suffer from injuries. In context of these figures this new exterior airbags will definitely prove to be a great help to some how drop the rate of deaths caused by accidents every year. These airbags are developed by the Nagoya- based Toyoda Gosei, who manufactures airbags and other safety equipments for various car companies around the world. It was known that the company has recently presented its new airbags in the motor show held in Japan where it was appreciated.
The design of the airbags is made making sure it reduces the impact of the accident to the pedestrian. The front airbags will help to reduce the waist injuries in adults and head injuries in children. Meanwhile works are still going on to make sure the airbags can fit in to any car model and can go off at the right time.
If you are clue less why suddenly the number of cars in the streets of UK has dropped, then check out the soaring prices of petrol and diesel. Travellers in UK are now-a-days are sweating a lot with the confusion whether to travel or not to travel by their cars, this jump in fuel prices has made the life of travellers restless.
If we look at the prices of petrol we can make out how sharply the rates have gone up this year. Even the petrol retailers association had predicted a further rise in petrol by 5 pence a litre by the weekend. In a poll done by AA which included about 17,500 members found that 16% people have cut short their traveling using cars, other 27% people had slashed their spending on other areas to meet the extra price, while about 21% had done both the ways to meet the increased prices of petrol.
It is said that one of the reasons for the jump in prices of petrol and diesel is the rise in the wholesale price of oil which has affected the retail price of fuel. If we compare the present price of petrol and diesel, we can clearly find the difference in the previous and present price which is further expected to go up. The official figures have shown that the car traffic had suddenly fallen by 2% with this surge in petrol rates. Now all eyes are whether the current trend of petrol and diesel price will drop or will remain the same in near future.