Learn about the Slippery road sign.


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What does the "slippery" sign mean?

The slippery sign means that there is water, ice, or snow on the road. Be careful when driving in these conditions because you might lose control of your vehicle if you are not cautious. The slippery sign is mostly seen during the colder months of winter and all over pre-winter months as well. It warns drivers to be aware of these icy or wet roads and drive cautiously to avoid risking accidents and other hazards that can come with these types of roads.

How common is this sign?

This sign is very common in certain areas in the UK that are prone to slippery roads and conditions. Although the sign doesn't specifically say "ice" or "snow," it means that one or more of these elements are present. This sign is usually seen along lead roads and remote portions of highways where there is a high risk of ice and snow on the road.

Where are you likely to see the "slippery" sign?

1) Snowy areas

In the snow, roads are more likely to be slick. The tire treads of tires will often leave behind a long, even coat of ice on the road that is slippery. Snow in snowfall can make these roads even more treacherous for drivers.

2) Areas prone to landslides, mudslides, and other earth movements

The roads can become very slippery when they are covered in mud or earth. Often, roads can become inaccessible during landslides or mudslides, and during that time these roads are very dangerous for cars to drive on.

3) Late fall to winter

In cooler months of the year, rain can cover the road and make it slippery. In areas that have frequent precipitation and rain, slick roads are more common than in places like London where it is mostly dry.

4) Areas prone to rainstorms

These areas often have roads that will become slippery when the rain starts to pour. Usually, it is best to avoid driving in these conditions or to be very cautious and drive slowly. Although it seems counterintuitive, attempting to drive through intense rainstorms at high speeds may lead to hydroplaning.

5) Areas prone to fog

Foggy weather can also make the roads dangerous due to slick roadways. Depending on the conditions, you may need to slow down and avoid driving at all. If you do drive, you may need to pay special attention to the road conditions and be alert for any obstructions on the road.

6) Open Areas

As you know, when it's super cold outside, anywhere can freeze up, but this will mostly be in open spaces where there is limited protection, hence why roads and paths are usually the worst.

When did this sign first come into action?

The slippery sign is a relatively new addition to road warnings. It was first used in the 1990s and has been slowly implemented on roadways across the country. This sign has become more prevalent as the number of areas prone to icy or snowy roads has increased.

This sign comes in handy during inclement weather, especially when you are driving on an icy or snowy street. Icy or snowy road conditions can cause accidents and lead to injuries. As a driver, it is important to pay attention to the sign and be prepared for the conditions ahead.


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