Driving on the motorway in the dark can be a hair-raising experience. Not because of other drivers, but because of a lack of working Catseyes (also called road studs). Have you spotted any failed reflective road studs?
When the weather conditions are tough – which, let’s face it, isn’t uncommon, even today there are warnings out for freezing fog – and you’re driving on a motorway at night, you rely on road studs to help keep you safe.
A recent night time drive I had coming back from visiting family was really frightening. The road studs on a section of the motorway weren’t working.
Without the guidance from the reflective road studs, we struggled to see our lane in the dark during pouring rain. We cut our speed to match the conditions, but just didn’t feel safe.
Maybe we just happened to be unlucky and the road studs had recently failed. Or no one has bothered to report the problem.
But this was a major motorway that sees a lot of traffic, and I’d like to think that at least one person would have taken the time to report it.
Failed road studs
Asking around friends, family and colleagues, it seems this isn’t an uncommon experience.
Lots of people told me about their experience of being really scared, trying to peer through thick fog or driving rain, knowing that all it takes is one small mistake from either yourself or another driver and there will be a car accident.
Motorway driving is tricky enough, putting up with other drivers who insist on tailgating, random lane changing and not paying attention to their blind spots, without being unable to see the road. Even if your car is packed with the latest car safety features.
Reporting road problems
Finding who to report the problem to isn’t entirely straightforward, though I do now know more than I should about feline optical conditions.
In case you come across any failed road studs yourself, it will either fall under the jurisdiction of the relevant Highways Agency or the local council’s website.
Have you had a problem with road studs? Which road was it on? Did you report it and, if so, was it ever repaired?